The 7th Guest made it through Steam Greenlight in August, and in March, developer Trilobyte announced The 7th Guest: 3, a follow-up to The 11th Hour for PC, Mac and mobile devices. At the time, Trilobyte was looking for funding partners and had Kickstarter as a backup plan – but now it's Plan A. The Kickstarter campaign for The 7th Guest: 3 should launch around Halloween, Trilobyte says.
Trilobyte Games Titles Now on Steam
Videogame developer stacks the shelves as it readies new Kickstarter
MEDFORD, OREGON – Trilobyte Games, LLC today announced the release of The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour, on Valve's Steam website/platform. The legendary games, first developed for Virgin by Trilobyte in the early 90's, were reintroduced for iOS, MAC and PC platforms in the last few years. The games are available for PC, Mac and Linux operating systems; and are individually priced at $9.99, or in a two-game bundle, priced at $14.99.
"We're delighted to offer our fans a new way to purchase and play our legacy games," said Rob Landeros, co-founder, creative director and CEO of Trilobyte Games. "Our fans have been asking for Steam versions of our titles, and we're pleased to now be associated with Valve, and the Steam platform – where so much is going on."
The 7th Guest was released in 1993. The game was one of the first designed for CD-ROM. At the time, Bill Gates called it: "...the new standard in interactive entertainment." A puzzle-solving game, The 7th Guest was the first game to use full rendered 3D animation and navigation. 60,000 copies were snapped up overnight, and a bevy of requests for reorders arrived days later. CD-ROM manufacturers registered up to a 300 percent increase in sales for CD-ROM drives. The sequel, The 11th Hour was released in the fall of 1995. It was one of the first games to support 16-bit color. Graphically, the game was superb for the time, as it featured detailed environments and fluid motion.
Trilobye Games recently participated in Steam's "Greenlight" program, designed to give Steam users an opportunity to up-vote games of their choice onto the platform. The 7th Guest was green lighted in September. Consequently, the company inked an agreement with Night Dive Studios, of Portland, Oregon. Night Dive ported the game code to Steam's platform and will be promoting the titles through their own digital network.
"Night Dive Studios believes that classic video games should never be abandoned or forgotten," said Stephen Kick, founder. "They should be available to play at any time, run out of the box without the hassle of installing outdated drivers, or using obsolete hardware, We look forward to collaborating with Trilobye Games on future projects, including he upcoming Kickstarter campaign to fund The 7th Guest: 3.
Trilobyte Games will launch a crowd-funding campaign on or around Halloween to fund the development of The 7th Guest: 3, the final episode of the series. According to Landeros, "We couldn't be happier with the timing."