History VideoGame / Syberia

5th Jan '18 5:10:20 AM CharlesPhipps
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* DitzyGenius: Hans is capable of building sentient ClockworkPunk robots and prefers the company of toys to people.

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* DitzyGenius: Hans is capable of building sentient ClockworkPunk ClockPunk robots and prefers the company of toys to people.


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* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: The game's central theme is visiting places where idealism, big dreams, and magnificent ideas have been abandoned by the young but entice Kate away from her vapid life back in New York City. There's a general sense of science being a good thing but it easily being taken for granted by the people who wield it.


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* {{Steampunk}}: The games are an unusual case as they are set in the Present Day but involve Kate going to nearly deserved villages which have ClockPunk, Steampunk, and RaygunGothic interiors. There's a strong RomanticismVersusEnlightenment theme to the games with the Old World appealing to Kate more than the modern materialist one she's leaving behind.
5th Jan '18 5:06:53 AM CharlesPhipps
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%%* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Malka from the second game.

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%%* * AdorablyPrecociousChild: Momo from the first game and Malka from the second game.game are both incredibly adorable. Albeit, Momo's condition makes it somewhat sad.



* AllTakeAndNoGive: Kate's relationship with Dan is exposed to be this as it turns out he doesn't care about her job, responsibilities, or her but wanted her only as a TrophyWife.



%%* CoolOldGuy: Several. But especially Hans Voralberg.
%%* CoolOldLady: Helena Romanski, a former Russian opera singer, from the first game.

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%%* * CoolOldGuy: Several. But especially Hans Voralberg.
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Most of the population in the games are elderly people who have amazing secrets or live in incredible towns.
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CoolOldLady: Helena Romanski, a former Russian opera singer, from the first game.game. Kate's mother absolutely adores her.



%%* DeadpanSnarker: Kate.
%%* DitzyGenius: Hans.

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%%* * DeadpanSnarker: Kate.
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Kate frequently is this when dealing with all the bizarre puzzles she has to deal with as well as the eccentricies of the people she meets.
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DitzyGenius: Hans.Hans is capable of building sentient ClockworkPunk robots and prefers the company of toys to people.



%%* HolierThanThou: The priest in the second game. ''And how.''
%%* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ivan from the second game. ''Twice.''



* {{Jerkass}}: Dan plays this role in his relationship with Kate as he's not only shocked she's not going to be able to make a dinner party but might be gone an entire week. [[spoiler: He also is cheating on her with her best friend. Kate, rightfully, tells him to take a hike at the end.]]



* MisplacedWildlife: In the second game, there's a short mission with an island full of Penguins... but you've just crossed the ARCTIC circle!
%%** EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: So long as you keep your distance and don't touch their eggs...
%%*** Even more so with mammoths.

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* MisplacedWildlife: In the second game, there's a short mission with an island full of Penguins... but you've just crossed the ARCTIC circle!
%%** EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: So long as you keep your distance and don't touch their eggs...
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circle.
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Even more so with mammoths.mammoths. [[spoiler: Who, it turns out, survived their apparent extinction and continue to live in Syberia.]]



%%* NobleSavage: The Yukol tribes in general.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Oscar is especially persistent about being called "automaton" instead of "robot".
%%** Possibly justified, since the game is set in the right area for people to be aware that "robot" is Czech for "slave".
%%* OddCouple: Kate and Oscar.
%%* OminousPipeOrgan: One in Komkolzgrad.

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%%* * NobleSavage: The Yukol tribes in general.
general are both decent people as well as living a primitive lifestyle.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Oscar is especially persistent about being called "automaton" instead of "robot".
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"robot". Possibly justified, since the game is set in the right area for people to be aware that "robot" is Czech for "slave".
%%* * OddCouple: Kate and Oscar.
%%* * OminousPipeOrgan: One in Komkolzgrad.Komkolzgrad has one and it pipes out quite a bit of ominous music.



* OurSoulsAreDifferent: The automatons have a soul. What "souls" are is never explained.

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: The automatons have a soul. What "souls" are is never explained. Given the oddity of the place, it could be something supernatural, or it might just be Hans created clockwork A.I. which is miracle enough. Whatever the case, limited in his functions or not, Oscar certainly passes the Turing Test.



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The automatons, especially Oscar, your locomotive driver.

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The automatons, especially Oscar, your locomotive driver. Oscar, at the very least, is able to hold lengthy conversations about subjects unrelated to his function even if he doesn't like it.



* TakeThat: Kate's arc in the first game seems to be this to America. The second game contains a somewhat more subtle ''Take That'' to Christianity (complete with [[StrawmanPolitical some rather narmy strawmen]]).
%%** Actually, only the Orthodox priest that governs the local monastery in Romansbourg is a clear StrawmanPolitical, not very willing to help you because of his inner pride. Hans, while delirious, calls him [[NarmCharm "...an ass !"]]. Later on, when he and Kate leave the monastery, Kate has now become the one disillusioned by the priest's behavior, while Hans seems surprisingly forgiving and exclaims "He's just misguided and a bit too self-centered.". The monks are portrayed sympathetically, even though they are mostly {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. The Russian missionary that studied the Yukol culture decades before Hans and Kate is also portrayed as a kind and humble man (if his diary and notes are any indication).
%%*** Then again, his epitaph is Latin for "God has destroyed my science".

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* TakeThat: Kate's arc in the first game seems to be this to America. The second game contains a somewhat more subtle ''Take That'' to Christianity (complete with [[StrawmanPolitical some rather narmy strawmen]]).
%%** Actually, only
strawmen]]). There are some positive religious characters in the Orthodox priest that governs the local monastery in Romansbourg is a clear StrawmanPolitical, not very willing to help you because of his inner pride. Hans, while delirious, calls him [[NarmCharm "...an ass !"]]. Later on, when he story, however, and Kate leave the monastery, Kate has now become the one disillusioned by the priest's behavior, while Hans seems surprisingly forgiving and exclaims "He's just misguided and a bit too self-centered.". The monks are portrayed sympathetically, even though they are mostly {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. The Russian missionary that studied the Yukol culture decades before Hans and Kate Christian symbolism is also portrayed as a kind and humble man (if his diary and notes are any indication).
%%*** Then again, his epitaph is Latin for "God has destroyed my science".
spread through all three games.



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%%* TranslationConvention* TranslationConvention: Kate visits a number of out of the way European locales which seem all to speak English.
23rd Nov '17 6:43:48 PM PRH
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* Clock Punk:

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* Clock Punk:ClockPunk:
23rd Nov '17 6:43:16 PM PRH
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* The Alcoholic: The aging cosmonaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!

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* The Alcoholic: TheAlcoholic: The aging cosmonaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!
23rd Nov '17 6:32:54 PM PRH
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Komkolzgrad's name. It does seem to follow the pattern of syllabic abbreviations common in the Soviet Union, with "grad" meaning "city" and "kom" presumably standing for "kommunistichesky" (communist), but the "kolz" element has no discernible meaning.
18th Oct '17 12:02:36 PM xcountryguy
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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Malka from the second game.
* {{The Alcoholic}}/{{Drowning My Sorrows}}: The aging cosmonaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!

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* %%* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Malka from the second game.
* {{The Alcoholic}}/{{Drowning My Sorrows}}: The Alcoholic: The aging cosmonaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!



* {{Clock Punk}}/{{Steam Punk}}: Tons of it, especially in Valadilene, the ancestral home of the whole Voralberg family.

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* {{Clock Punk}}/{{Steam Punk}}: Clock Punk:
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Tons of it, especially in Valadilene, the ancestral home of the whole Voralberg family.



* CoolOldGuy: Several. But especially Hans Voralberg.
* CoolOldLady : Helena Romanski, a former Russian opera singer, from the first game.

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* %%* CoolOldGuy: Several. But especially Hans Voralberg.
* CoolOldLady : %%* CoolOldLady: Helena Romanski, a former Russian opera singer, from the first game.



* DeadpanSnarker: Kate.
* DitzyGenius: Hans.

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Kate.
* %%* DitzyGenius: Hans.



* HolierThanThou: The priest in the second game. ''And how.''
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ivan from the second game. ''Twice.''

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* %%* HolierThanThou: The priest in the second game. ''And how.''
* %%* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ivan from the second game. ''Twice.''



* LargeHam: The priest/head of the monastery in the second game.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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The priest/head of the monastery in the second game.



** EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: So long as you keep your distance and don't touch their eggs...
*** Even more so with mammoths.
* {{Mundane Fantastic}}/{{Magical Realism}}: The whole series is arguably built on this... The various places you visit on your quest to find Hans and Syberia have a dreamy, often surreal feel to them - as if they existed halfway between [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted our real world]] and a [[MagicalRealism slightly more]] [[AlternateUniverse fantastic]] [[RetroUniverse version of it]]. They're all deliberately stylized and exaggerated versions of various generic European and Russian locales and regions.
* NobleSavage: The Yukol tribes in general.

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** %%** EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: So long as you keep your distance and don't touch their eggs...
*** %%*** Even more so with mammoths.
* {{Mundane Fantastic}}/{{Magical Realism}}: MundaneFantastic: The whole series is arguably built on this... The various places you visit on your quest to find Hans and Syberia have a dreamy, often surreal feel to them - as if they existed halfway between [[LikeRealityUnlessNoted our real world]] and a [[MagicalRealism slightly more]] [[AlternateUniverse fantastic]] [[RetroUniverse version of it]]. They're all deliberately stylized and exaggerated versions of various generic European and Russian locales and regions.
* %%* NobleSavage: The Yukol tribes in general.



** Possibly justified, since the game is set in the right area for people to be aware that "robot" is Czech for "slave".
* OddCouple: Kate and Oscar.
* OminousPipeOrgan: One in Komkolzgrad.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo
** Despite being slighty more simplistic to the original (and bordering nearby the PortingDisaster scale), the DVD release [[ZigZaggedTrope zig zaggs]] this by giving you three [=DVDs=] with both games in one package... or two games for the price of three.

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** %%** Possibly justified, since the game is set in the right area for people to be aware that "robot" is Czech for "slave".
* %%* OddCouple: Kate and Oscar.
* %%* OminousPipeOrgan: One in Komkolzgrad.
* OneGameForThePriceOfTwo
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OneGameForThePriceOfTwo: Despite being slighty more simplistic to the original (and bordering nearby the PortingDisaster scale), the DVD release [[ZigZaggedTrope zig zaggs]] this by giving you three [=DVDs=] with both games in one package... or two games for the price of three.



* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}/{{Mix And Match Critter}}: Yuki, Kate's NonHumanSidekick from the second game. He's basically [[BuffySpeak sort of... like a... young polar bear crossed with a baby seal... thing...]] And [[BigEater eats]] ''[[BigEater a lot]]'' and [[AllAnimalsAreDogs acts pretty much like a dog]].

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* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}/{{Mix And Match Critter}}: RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Yuki, Kate's NonHumanSidekick from the second game. He's basically [[BuffySpeak sort of... like a... young polar bear crossed with a baby seal... thing...]] And [[BigEater eats]] ''[[BigEater a lot]]'' and [[AllAnimalsAreDogs acts pretty much like a dog]].



** Actually, only the Orthodox priest that governs the local monastery in Romansbourg is a clear StrawmanPolitical, not very willing to help you because of his inner pride. Hans, while delirious, calls him [[NarmCharm "...an ass !"]]. Later on, when he and Kate leave the monastery, Kate has now become the one disillusioned by the priest's behavior, while Hans seems surprisingly forgiving and exclaims "He's just misguided and a bit too self-centered.". The monks are portrayed sympathetically, even though they are mostly {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. The Russian missionary that studied the Yukol culture decades before Hans and Kate is also portrayed as a kind and humble man (if his diary and notes are any indication).
*** Then again, his epitaph is Latin for "God has destroyed my science".

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** %%** Actually, only the Orthodox priest that governs the local monastery in Romansbourg is a clear StrawmanPolitical, not very willing to help you because of his inner pride. Hans, while delirious, calls him [[NarmCharm "...an ass !"]]. Later on, when he and Kate leave the monastery, Kate has now become the one disillusioned by the priest's behavior, while Hans seems surprisingly forgiving and exclaims "He's just misguided and a bit too self-centered.". The monks are portrayed sympathetically, even though they are mostly {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. The Russian missionary that studied the Yukol culture decades before Hans and Kate is also portrayed as a kind and humble man (if his diary and notes are any indication).
*** %%*** Then again, his epitaph is Latin for "God has destroyed my science".



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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?]]: Oscar does this to Kate twice in an optional dialogue path during the first visit to Komkolzgrad. The first time: Kate believes that the person who broke into the train and assaulted Oscar could have been Hans Voralberg. Oscar is not pleased when he hears this and claims that "a father would never attack his offspring". Kate also admits that her theory was far-fetched. The second time: Kate tells Oscar that she's had enough with adventures, and she considers returning home and telling her boss that Hans Voralberg is dead. Oscar is shocked when he learns that Kate is ready to lie to her superiors, and tells her he'd thought she was a sincere and honest person.

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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?]]: WhatTheHellHero: Oscar does this to Kate twice in an optional dialogue path during the first visit to Komkolzgrad. The first time: Kate believes that the person who broke into the train and assaulted Oscar could have been Hans Voralberg. Oscar is not pleased when he hears this and claims that "a father would never attack his offspring". Kate also admits that her theory was far-fetched. The second time: Kate tells Oscar that she's had enough with adventures, and she considers returning home and telling her boss that Hans Voralberg is dead. Oscar is shocked when he learns that Kate is ready to lie to her superiors, and tells her he'd thought she was a sincere and honest person.
26th May '17 6:21:15 AM DLC1
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* {{The Alcoholic}}/{{Drowning My Sorrows}}: The aging astronaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!

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* {{The Alcoholic}}/{{Drowning My Sorrows}}: The aging astronaut cosmonaut from the abandoned and neglected Komkolzgrad cosmodrome. He considerably brightens up when you help him fulfill his dream of becoming more than a mere former test pilot. He takes off into low Earth orbit in a pretty cool SpacePlane... launched by a clockwork-powered catapult designed by Hans, no less!
30th Apr '17 2:36:09 PM DavidCowie
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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=], -- although this ultimately proved to be an AprilFoolsDay joke by the publisher. At some point after the initial announcement, work on the game has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and eventually just as quietly released onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on [[SequelGap April 20, 2017]].

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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=], -- although this ultimately proved to be an AprilFoolsDay joke by the publisher. At some point after the initial announcement, work on the game has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and eventually just as quietly released onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} and the [=PlayStation 4=] on [[SequelGap April 20, 2017]].
21st Apr '17 12:47:22 AM Koveras
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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=] (this ultimately proved to be an AprilFoolsDay joke). At some point after that, work on the has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and eventually quietly released onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on [[SequelGap April 20, 2017]].

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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=] (this [=McPherson=], -- although this ultimately proved to be an AprilFoolsDay joke). joke by the publisher. At some point after that, the initial announcement, work on the game has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and eventually just as quietly released onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on [[SequelGap April 20, 2017]].
20th Apr '17 11:46:53 AM Koveras
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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=]. At some point after that, work on the has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and originally [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU0w3_qCOto slated for a December 2016 release]], but [[https://www.vg247.com/2016/10/06/syberia-3-delayed-to-add-more-content-and-even-more-depth/ delayed until early 2017]]. It is highly uncertain at this point how much of what was announced in 2009 still holds true.

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Microids has announced ''Syberia 3'' as far back as 2009, with Benoit Sokal back in the director's seat. The game was originally to be an IntercontinuityCrossover with the ''VideoGame/PostMortem''/''VideoGame/StillLife'' series (also by Microids), where Kate would have teamed up with Victoria [=McPherson=]. [=McPherson=] (this ultimately proved to be an AprilFoolsDay joke). At some point after that, work on the has been apparently quietly stopped, before it was UnCanceled again in 2012 and originally [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU0w3_qCOto slated for a December 2016 release]], but [[https://www.vg247.com/2016/10/06/syberia-3-delayed-to-add-more-content-and-even-more-depth/ delayed until early 2017]]. It is highly uncertain at this point how much of what was announced in 2009 still holds true.eventually quietly released onto UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} on [[SequelGap April 20, 2017]].
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