Trivia / Broken Sword

This series provides examples of:

  • Breakthrough Hit: Revolution has been recognized because of the first two games.
  • Christmas Rushed: The Serpent's Curse was never intended to be split in two episodes. Revolution released that game in December 2013 to fulfill their promise to their fans who backed in the Kickstarter as well as to get income in holiday season.
  • Contest Winner Cameo: In The Serpent's Curse, Kat and Adam are based on two Kickstarter contributor's interests.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Charles Cecil voices Gehnen.
    • Neil Richards (co-writer and scriptwriter) voices Henri in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Creator Backlash: In Eurogamer interview about ''Angel of Death'', Charles Cecil admits that having too many crate puzzles in The Sleeping Dragon are a big mistake.
    • In several interviews and video game conferences, Charles Cecil apologizes to fans about The Goat Puzzle. That puzzle's solution is later simplified in Director's Cut.
    • In September 2011 issue of Adventure Corner, Charles said that he threw away the first game's recording tapes thinking that he will never use them again. Ten years later, he realized his mistake while working in Director's Cut version.
  • Creator's Favorite: Charles Cecil stated that on Revolution's forum that his favorite character is Albert the Concierge in the first game.
    • During the development in The Serpent's Curse, Charles mentioned in an Adventure Corner interview that he likes British characters as well.
    • According to Tony Warriner in his blog, his favorite Broken Sword game are The Shadow of the Templars and The Smoking Mirror while his favorite character is Khan.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Emma Tate voices as young Tiago Marques in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Darkhorse Casting: Averted. The actress who played Nico, Sarah Crook, did not actually audition for the role. She was one of the supervisors of the audition, and asked Charles Cecil if she could try out for the role after a string of applicants Cecil regarded as unsuitable.
  • Deleted Scene: In The Smoking Mirror, some of the dialogues between George and Miguel were cut out in the final release due to not being suitable to the game.
    • In The Sleeping Dragon, one of the cutscenes featuring Petra returning to Susarro's castle via car has been removed. It can be viewed in the game's data files.
  • Executive Meddling: The Sleeping Dragon and The Angel of Death had a fair share of meddlings. Revolution wanted to create those games in 2D but publishers and retailers demanded that they should be in 3D.
    • As for the third game, the reason why there are lots of crate puzzles is that there's a lack of general time and funding pressures to create the game.
  • Fake Nationality: With the exception of George and BS4!Nico, most of the supporting characters are played by British voice actors and actresses.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Goats, which is named after the infamous goat puzzle in the first game.
  • Fan Nickname: Some fans called the stealth segments in The Sleeping Dragon and The Angel of Death as Metal Gear Stobbart.
  • Franchise Zombie: The series had originally been designed as a trilogy with The Sleeping Dragon intended as the finale, but fans persuaded to create another sequel which was The Angel of Death. The fan reception, however had negative to mixed reviews after its release.
  • Milestone Celebration: The Angel of Death was released in 2006, the franchise's 10th anniversary.
  • Name's the Same: The name Ultar has been used in Revolution's previous games. In Lure of the Temptress, he's a drunkard customer in Turnvale. In Beneath a Steel Sky, his name is written in crayon on one of the closets in security's headquarters.
  • No Export for You: The PS2 version of The Sleeping Dragon is only exclusive to Europe and Japan only. At least people in US territories are able to play that in XBox version.
    • The rest of the games, sans The Sleeping Dragon and The Serpent's Curse are not released in Japan.
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: In The Serpent's Curse, ten fans had an opportunity to interview George by sending their questions via voicemail. The interview is an Easter Egg that can be found in Castell del Sants.
  • The Other Darrin: Several secondary characters whose original voice actors were either dead or unavailable.
    • The most notable is Nico's English voice. She has been voiced by a different actress in each game: Hazel Ellerby in The Shadow of the Templars and Director's Cut, Jenny Caron Hall in The Smoking Mirror, Sarah Crook in The Sleeping Dragon, Katherine Pageon in The Angel of Death (also known as Secrets of the Ark), and Emma Tate in The Serpent's Curse.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Kelly Willoughby was a huge fan of Broken Sword series and wrote letters to Revolution several times that she wanted to work in a Broken Sword game. She was hired as a producer in The Serpent's Curse.
  • The Red Stapler: Many fans learned about the The Knights Templar and appreciate goats just because they played the first game.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Rolf Saxon and Hazel Ellerby are friends and schoolmates in real life. Hazel is the one who asked Rolf to play as a main character.
  • Release Date Change: The PC version of The Serpent's Curse episode two was supposed to be released in January 2014 but moved to March 2014. The game bumped ahead again to April 2014.
  • Sequel Gap: The Sleeping Dragon came out six years after The Smoking Mirror.
    • Excluding the remakes of the first two games, The Serpent's Curse was released seven years later after The Angel of Death.
  • Talking to Himself: In the second game, Rolf Saxon also voices a goat in Quaramonte City.
    • In Director's Cut, Hazel Ellerby plays both as Nico and Imelda Carchon.
  • Tribute to Fido: Subverted. Trevor the cockroach is named after the ex-boyfriend of a staff in Revolution.
  • Voices in One Room: In The Sleeping Dragon, the voices were recorded with the voice actors together enabling better acting and interaction.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Nico was originally planned to die at the end of Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror. Fortunately, that idea was scrapped.
    • Duane and Pearl were supposed to make another appearance in The Sleeping Dragon, but they weren't present due to time constraints and game design problems.
    • Revolution originally wanted to cast a native French voice actress for Nico in the third game, but ended up with Sarah Crook, an English voice actress.
    • The Sleeping Dragon was supposed to be released on GameCube, but it was cancelled.
    • The secret area near the Seine river in the third game was meant to be an extra map but it wasn't required. It turned out to be an Easter Egg instead.
    • Word of Saint Paul reveals the unreleased GBA version of The Smoking Mirror in his blog.
    • Hazel Ellerby was supposed to reprise her role as Nico and Lady Piermont in The Serpent's Curse but dismissed due to her conflicting schedule.
    • There are two unused characters in The Serpent's Curse. One is a young man wearing an apron and another is an old man who wears an eyepatch.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Broken Sword Wiki.
  • Write Who You Know:
    • Word of God admits that most of George's character and his witty lines, came courtesy of Dave Cummings (one of the writers of the first two games).
    • According to this interview, many of Word Of God's favorite characters were based on people he briefly encountered in real life.
    • One of the minor characters of The Shadow of the Templars Albert the Concierge was inspired by a concierge who shouted at Charles to not to make so much noise in forecourt at night and then started ranting about the English.
    • The gendarme in Montfaucon Square was based on a policeman that Charles and his wife met during their research trip for the first game. The policeman was trying to direct the traffic and everyone around him was hooting horns at him. In the end, he walked away and ordered a glass of wine.
    • In The Angel of Death, Mevlut is named after Charles' friend Mevlut Dinc.
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