Broken Sword is a franchise centered on a series of adventure games. The first game in the series, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars, was released in 1996 by video game company Revolution Software. The first sequel, Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror, was released a year later, and was followed by two more direct sequels: Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon in 2003, and Broken Sword: The Angel of Death in 2006. A remake of the first game in the series, known as Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars – Director's Cut, was released in 2009, and a remake of the second game in the series, known as Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror – Remastered. Revolution, the developer, has confirmed that there will be a new Broken Sword game in the future, but did not confirm that it is currently in development.
The main protagonists of the series are George Stobbart, an American patent lawyer, and Nicole "Nico" Collard, a French freelance journalist, although Nico does not appear as a playable character in the original The Shadow of the Templars.
The Broken Sword series was originally conceived in 1994 by Charles Cecil, Noirin Carmody and Sean Brennan, while talking about the mythology of the Knights Templar. The first three games in the series were all developed by Revolution Software, while the fourth game was co-developed by Revolution and Sumo Digital. The Shadow of the Templars and its sequels were critical and commercial successes, selling millions. The series appeared on several "top" adventure game lists. A comic book was produced for each remake of the first two Broken Sword games, and it has been confirmed that a Broken Sword movie is in its early stages of development.
Flush with the success of The Shadow of the Templars, Revolution began work on The Smoking Mirror, which was released only a year later, in 1997. Originally released for Windows and PlayStation, it was re-released to the iOS, Windows, and Mac OS X as a remastered edition. It is the only game in the series not to follow the Knights Templar story line. The Smoking Mirror was a commercial success, selling around 1 million units, but was not as acclaimed as the first game, and received mixed to positive reviews.