A new game is being developed by publisher Microids and developer Pendulo Studios, in association with Moulinsart, titled Tintin Reporter - Cigars of the Pharaoh
. Apparently they are going to adapt the fourth book in the series for the video game with a release date sometime in 2023 and will be available in most major consoles and PC.
The game will be set in Egypt, the Middle - East and South Asia and will feature locations such as the Pharaoh Kih - Oskh tomb, deserts, jungles, ancient temples and more. We will play as Tintin and the gameplay will mostly be exploration, puzzle and dialogue based sprinkled with cinematic video sequences. The blurb of the game runs as:After meeting with professor Sarcophagus while cruising the Mediterranean sea, the famous Belgian reporter goes on a quest to find the tomb of Pharaoh Kih-Oskh.
What are the dark secrets hidden in the tomb? From Egypt to India, passing through Arabia, Tintin & Snowy will end up investigating a gigantic drug trafficking network throughout the Orient.
Microids also released a brief teaser for the game and a few screenshots which can be viewed here.
Personally I am really interested in seeing the direction they take with this. The game definitely has various locations that it can explore from the book but it remains to be seen how faithful it remains to the original material considering that the story delves into opium trade, madness and executions.
All in all, this is the first video game adaptation of a Tintin story for consoles in more than ten years and the game just needs to follow the spirit of adventure in the Tintin books and make the story atmospheric like the original Cigars of the Pharaoh to stick the landing.