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It confirms to me that we’re in odd times that when a game gets a simultaneous retail release that it is worthy of a press release. But that is what times we live in it seems now.

Nordic Games has teamed up with Double Fine to do the distribution of the retail edition of Broken Age for PC, Mac and Linux. The release will be in Spring this year, simultaneous with the digital release of Part 2 of Double Fine’s new adventure game. In other news, apparently new German voice-overs have been recorded for all characters.

While Double Fine has had its issues in general, and with Broken Age since getting funded, the first part was well liked. Part two was supposed to come out late last year but ended up getting delayed until early this year.

Broken Age is a classic point and click style adventure game that was Kickstarted several years ago. It was the game that started the kickstarter craze and also was promised to come with a documentary of the development for backers. Feature creep has been an issue for the game that delayed it, as was funds but it seems that it will be getting finished. Nordic Games worked with Double Fine some last year to release several games to retail, and had a few comments on the matter as did Tim Schafer.

“After releasing Costume Quest, Psychonauts and Stacking for retail in 2014, this marks another important step in our almost heist-free cooperation” said Reinhard Pollice, business & product development director at Nordic Games. “With Broken Age, 2015 starts off great for aficionados of the adventure game genre. Our intel also suggests that Germany is a veritable stronghold when it comes to pointing and clicking, hence the new German voice-overs for Broken Age make us very happy.”

“I am very excited about the retail version of Broken Age,” said Double Fine President and CEO Tim Schafer, “And also relieved, as having a widely distributed, physical copy of the game will make it more safe from solar flares and EMP bombs and stuff like that. As long as people store their disks in fire proof safes. People do that, right?”

“Not really” replied COO Justin Bailey, “But people who purchase the physical copy can get to playing the exciting conclusion without having to wait for the game to download!”

What do you think of this new Distribution Deal? Do you think its odd that simultaneous releases are actually news now? What do you think of Broken Age? Tell us in the comments below!


Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.



  • Spectrumpigg

    Jeez, it’s been how long since it came out and it’s still not finished? Not to mention people getting banned on the steam forums for asking questions and Tim himself getting on there and acting like a complete asshole.

    I used to like Double Fine but as of lately, it’s been one shitty excuse after another.

  • NorBdelta

    Is part two free? If you have part one that is on Steam.

  • Spectrumpigg

    I don’t think part 2 is out yet. Even if you get part 1, it’s still not complete.

  • NorBdelta

    Sorry what I meant is: will the continuation to the current game be free for owners.

  • Johnathon Tieman

    As far as I understand, those who backed the original Kickstarter will get both. If you bought it afterwards, I think it depends. My copy is a “season pass” version purchased after the KS which will get the second half once it is done (if ever, given Tim’s/DF’s current track record).

  • Guest

    Eh, fuck Schafer. That guy has been milking Psychonauts success for ten years now.

  • kek

    Cant wait for all the pre order bonus bullshit Mr 3.3 is going to shove into this.

  • About damn time part 2 gets released. I don’t mind episodic games but waiting for all of the parts before playing is annoying. I really don’t understand why everyone is kissing Schafer’s ass so much. His glory days are long over and now his just one of those relics from the past.

  • ArsCortica

    I can’t wrap my head around how people still expect Doublefine to sell them a finished product. I mean, they basically aborted the production of Spacebase DF-9 and then had the audacity to tell their paying customers “Lol do it yourself, suckers”.

    Doesn’t help that Schafer is knee-deep in the entire messed-up San Francisco indie clique.

  • KLLRFRST

    I’m betting that Tim is going to hold another huge party to celebrate this and then beg on Kickstarter again after blowing the budget for Broken Age part II on the party.