Jane Jensen remaking Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father

20th Anniversary Edition will have new art, re-orchestrated music, and behind-the-scenes bonuses; coming to PC, Mac, iPad, and Android in 2014

Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen is remaking Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers for PC, Mac, iPad, and Android, it was announced today. The original game was released in December 1993.

Jensen's Pinkerton Road LLC has licensed the Gabriel Knight IP from Activision Publishing to create the new game, which will be released in 2014. Details about the licensing arrangement were not provided.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father 20th Anniversary Edition is being built from scratch and will feature new art, re-orchestrated music, and behind-the-scenes bonuses. It will be presented with 2048x1536 3D graphics, replacing the original's 640x480 pixel art. The game will be developed by Phoenix Online studios.

"I'm thrilled to be back at work on Gabriel Knight and to bring this classic game to a new generation of players," Jensen said in a statement. "It's a designer's dream to be able to enhance the game and bring in more New Orleans flavor than technical limitations allowed us to in 1993. It's going to look and feel like a brand new title. But never fear, 100 percent of the original Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is here. I hope both existing fans and new players will love it."

Pinkerton Road and Phoenix Online Studios have been working on Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition for about a year now. The studio is also working on a new adventure game called Moebius, set for release later this year.

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Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1995)

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lostn
lostn

Are you sure this game is 3D? The one screenshot here (if that's a screenshot and not concept art) looks very 2D (or rather, prerendered background art). If those are real time 3D graphics, then this will be a very expensive game, which I doubt.

lostn
lostn

I hope they give us the option to switch between new graphics and old graphics, like with the Monkey Island remakes.

lostn
lostn

I loved this game from the glory days of Sierra. I will play it again. Had no plans to until they announced this remake. I hope they do more remakes.

The original was not 640x480 resolution by the way. It was 320x240, which is a quarter of that.

erMonezza
erMonezza

Sounds interesting. Will see what the final product will be.

bhales
bhales

Excellent remake idea!  Please tell me they will keep Tim Curry as the VA for Gabriel, and hopefully Leah Remini as Grace, though she's a lot more famous now.

focuspuller
focuspuller

Well, they say everything is a 30 year cycle. Fashion, art, etc.

Now you have the return of adventure games and the death of consoles as we know it.

Let's do this.

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

This just made my day. Sins of the Father is one of my favorite games of all time, so this will be great for me. I just hope this means more in the future. A remake of Sins is excellent, but I would absolutely love to see a brand new GK adventure, especially with the leftover cliffhanger from Sacred/Damned.

focuspuller
focuspuller

oh my god! I LOVED original. Let's do this!

vongroove
vongroove

Why? Playing the original off GOG... Seriously entertainment today is a joke! Films remade, games remade...

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

This and The Beast Within are 2 of my all-time favorite games. Adventure games at their finest.

Zoilus
Zoilus

The original game was 320x200, not 640x480

jeremylst1
jeremylst1

A remake of gk3 is a welcome idea as well. I realy enjoyed it and its amazing story, but the graphics are horrid. 



IceJester45
IceJester45

Great news! Looks like Gray Matter was just a warm up.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

What the heck is Gabriel Knight? Never heard of it.. =(

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

Radical.  

...there are actual screenshots over the pinkerton road site.

The game is looking pretty sharp & faithful.  

Now I just have to worry about voice overs, which is a huge facet.



kcypre
kcypre

OMG!!!! I simply cannot believe it. My favorite adventure game remade! Plus that there is hope for GK4!

Azghouls
Azghouls

I'm playing that right now and here I'm reading this. The musical scores are divine to say the least and it has quality voice acting too.

RedWave247
RedWave247

Sins of the Father was one of my favourite games of all time. I'm hesitantly excited for this.

Vorcoth
Vorcoth

FANTASTIC!!!!! My favourite video game series of all time! Can't wait for Beast Within and Blood of the Sacred too!

Gonçalo Gonçalves
Gonçalo Gonçalves

Hi Paul, unfortunately using the old cast would introduce a prohibitive cost.

Paul To
Paul To

Are they reusing the original voice acting? Tim Curry, Mark Hamill

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

One of the first PC games I ever borrowed....... every PC with a CDROM drive was a gaming PC...... I miss those days sometimes.

Just the ramblings of an old gamer, but I remember when your "online network" was actually you and your friends IN the lunch line giving each other game advice.

Mr_BillGates
Mr_BillGates

Should of made it an iPad exclusive. That way, pirates are left out.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@lostn They won't, but you can still get this awesome game on GOG.com. Only $5.

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@focuspuller why wish death of consoles, in this financial struggle people are having not everyone can fork up for modern gaming rig, i only use mine for games from late 80's to 2006-2007, ans as you grow older and game less console is kind of perfect

ais_bn
ais_bn

@Serjaum2004 Yes! I still have the game's box with what, 10, 11 CDs? One of the most memorable games I've ever played, the soundtrack alone was worth it....

Vojtass
Vojtass

@vongroove Most of them are reboots or 're-imaginations". This game will be literally old GK with better graphics and different voice-over (which is unfortunate, but understandable for the game with tight budget).

hikari-neko
hikari-neko

@vongroove In the case of games, having them updated to modern resolutions is more than enough reason to do so.  A lot of older games, GK included, are fixed resolution.  You either need to run them in a tiny window or upscale them to modern resolutions - both of those options look terrible.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@Zoilus The original was 3.15 disk game. The "Remastered" version was released on CD and added the voice work after the fact.

The second  game was a whopping 6 discs.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@jeremylst1 It's kind of interesting to note that all three games were different in type. The first was a traditional point and click game, the second was also point and click but with live actors filmed (yes one of those), and the third was a fully 3d game, while sadly not up to scratch.

I wouldn't be surprised if she plans to remake all 3 as point and click, or go in a new direction.

Vojtass
Vojtass

@Quarkzquarkz Sad to hear that. GK is a cult classic. Point'n'click adventure game at its finest.

focuspuller
focuspuller

@Mr_BillGates Hate to shine the light of reality on you (pointing the spotlight), but iPad apps and games ARE pirated. EVERYTHING is pirated.

ruudje_1976
ruudje_1976

@Mr_BillGates ...and old school gamers who still play on their trusty PC would be left out, too. No, thanks.

vongroove
vongroove

@hikari-neko @vongroove Sorry but I disagree, I grew up on these games and are a part of my childhood, you make them all high res, ruins the memories.  All I can say is it's a sad time, when everything old (that was better) is re-released and will, to some look better, but I still like the old look, high res is over rated in my opinion!  It's like Blu Ray vs DVD I still like DVD over Blu Ray, all it does it make it look more grainy...  As if maggots are crawling over your screen! 

hikari-neko
hikari-neko

@vongroove @hikari-neko I grew up with games like GK as well - I was 15 when the first one came out.  I also prefer BluRay over DVD - the grain is there because the original film had it.