News: Akella producing ‘Inspector Glebsky’s Puzzle’ adventure game

| simoniker

stalker.jpgAccording to a press release from Russian developers Akella, the company’s next project will be “Hotel ‘At a Lost Climber’: Inspector Glebsky’s Puzzle”. This is particularly interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the game is based on a detective novel (?) by the Strugatsky Brothers, Russian sci-fi and ‘magic realism’ authors who are renowned for scripting Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult movie Stalker from their own book, Roadside Picnic. (Coincidentally, a recent GameSpot preview of forthcoming Russian-developed PC FPS S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Oblivion Lost mentions its uncredited indebtedness to Roadside Picnic and Stalker.) Secondly, the developers reference some intriguing game influences: Sierra’s The Colonel’s Bequest – A Laura Bow Mystery, and Jordan Mechner’s oddly forgotten The Last Express. In any case, according to Akella, surviving brother Boris Strugatsky is involved in plot development, and ‘…the game is going to be a 3D-person quest with point-and-click interface. The characters will be made in full 3D while the backgrounds will be 2D pre-renders.’

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