THQ has announced plans to publish a fourth instalment in the popular Broken Sword series, apparently in response to huge demand from fans of the original games.
More than 2.5 million Broken Sword games have been sold since the first one was released in 1996. Developer Revolution Software originally designed the series as a trilogy, but "the demand from fans for another game in the Broken Sword series has been overwhelming," according to Revolution MD Charles Cecil.
"We were delighted to relent and are very pleased to be working with THQ again."
THQ's senior VP of worldwide marketing, Peter Dille, commented: "The acquisition of the fourth installment of the Broken Sword franchise is indicative of THQ's underlying philosophy of bringing great games with worldwide appeal to consumers."
"Revolution Software's latest installment of Broken Sword will help us to grow our global business and realise the potential of the international market, particularly in the European and Asia Pacific territories."
Broken Sword 4 is due for a summer 2006 release on PC.