In 2010 Anuman Interactive acquired Microïds, owners of the Syberia license, culminating in today's announcement that Syberia 3 is in production. Not just that, but Benoît Sokal, original writer of the first two Syberia games, is returning to write the third as well. While Syberia's official announcement initially came in 2010 shortly after the Microïds acquisition, it's only now that Anuman has worked out the details with Sokal and game director Elliot Grassiano.
Anuman Interactive general manager Stéphane Longeard mentions her excitement about the project:
"After two long years of waiting for the fans, with Benoit writing the script and Elliot joining our team, [Syberia 3] has truly entered its production phase."
It's also worth not that Elliot Grassiano was a co-founder of Microïds, and that his addition to the team ensures a lasting connection both in writing and development throughout the franchise. Syberia 3 will truly be a title made with franchise fans in mind.
Syberia has always been the adventure game that slipped through my fingers. I recall purchasing the title, but never got around to. Protagonist Kate Walker's adventure, and the resulting questions Kate has about her life and future, seem quite mature for an adventure game. With production starting on Syberia 3, maybe it's time to revisit its predecessors.
A line of thought many gamers will probably consider, which is likely one of the reasons why Anuman Interactive is willing to bring back the series. With the reemergence in adventure game popularity, what with the Double Fine Adventure! and several indie hits, there likely wouldn't be a better time than now to make an adventure game. Whether the franchise resounds with modern audiences is yet to be see, but I'm sure the game's success will be surprising.