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Microids celebrates Syberia’s 20 th anniversary with an exclusive video and the launch of Microids Backstage!

Series heads towards its 20th birthday with launch of 'Microids Backstage' behind-the-scenes blog.
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Paris, July 20th 2022 – Microids is delighted to celebrate both the 20th anniversary of the Syberia series and the launch of Syberia: The World Before with an exclusive video commemorating the cult saga created by Benoît Sokal.


“In the mid 90’s, the encounter between Benoît Sokal and Microids gave birth to Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy. Celebrated by players and critics alike for its audacity, scenario and advanced game mechanics, this game allowed Benoît to keep developing his fictional universes in a new medium. For 20 years, it’s been a great honor to be able to offer players around the world a unique journey in the world created by Benoît, throughout the numerous iteration of the Syberia series. Today, all our thoughts are for this incredibly talented artist who passed in 2021, as well as his wife Martine and his kids Hugo and Jules, without whom none of these projects would have been possible. We feel it was important for us to offer Syberia’s fans this video highlighting the important moments of this cult video game saga.” declares Elliot Grassiano, founder and COO of Microids.


Discover the video celebrating 20 years of the Syberia series


Launch of Microids Backstage


Microids is also very happy to announce that Microids Backstage is live! This behind the scenes blog dedicated to all projects in development will offer sneak peaks, interviews and exclusive content regularly.


Paying tribute to the Syberia saga, the first blog post focuses on this cult video game IP.


Visit the Microids website right now!


Syberia: The World Before – discover the retail editions of the adventure masterpiece!


Praised by the video game critics (81% Metacritic) and players around the world (92% positive opinion on Steam), Syberia: The World Before will launch by the end of 2022 in a limited edition on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Additionally, a special collector’s edition will be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.


Syberia: The World Before collector’s edition will include:

  • The game
  • A steelbook
  • An adjustable figurine representing Kate & Dana (three configurations)
  • An artbook
  • A music box
  • A map of Vaghen
  • An exclusive lithograph
  • A keychain
  • A postcard set
  • The digital script of the game’s prologue
  • The digital version of the game’s soundtrack
  • A collector’s box


Dive head first into Benoît Sokal’s universe thanks to this new episode of the famous Syberia series. In this exciting new adventure, you’ll play as Kate Walker and Dana Roze, two women capable of moving mountains to solve deep buried mysteries.


Syberia: The World Before Collector’s Edition will be released in November 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch will come out in 2023.


Syberia: The World Before is already available on PC via Steam, GOG and Epic Games Store.


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Maxime Geraci

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About Microids

Microids is a French video game publisher. Founded in 1985, Microids’ editorial strategy now focuses on 4 major areas: adventure games, racing games, retro gaming and games inspired by iconic titles. By collaborating with renowned studios and authors (Pendulo Studios, Eden Studios, Benoît Sokal, Paul Cuisset, Philippe Dessoly and Pierre Adane), Microids has become a major player in international video games. Taking inspiration from legendary titles, including Asterix & Obelix, and Titeuf, Garfield, Fort Boyard, XIII and Blacksad, Microids reaches a wide audience and creates original adventures which give gamers the chance to play as some of their most beloved characters.


About Benoît Sokal

Benoît Sokal began drawing for À Suivre magazine in 1978. At this time, he created the Inspector Canardo series, featuring a depressed anthropomorphic duck detective with a penchant for cigarettes, alcohol and femmes fatales. In 1996, he started the video game project Amerzone, published by Microids. Benoît Sokal is one of the first graphic novel artists to design, implement and supervise the entire production of a video game. He then went on to become Microids’ Art Director, publishing his second game, Syberia, in 2002. He was recognized as "Person of the Year" at the 2002 video games Phenix Awards; Syberia was crowned "Best adventure game of the year" in 2002 in the USA. In April 2004, the release of Syberia 2 met the same success as the first episode of the saga and was greeted with enthusiasm by fans all over the world. With Syberia 3, Benoît Sokal chose to stick with the old-fashioned way of drawing with pencils and watercolors, rather than using digital tools, giving his universe and characters a very distinctive look. A multi-talented artist, he also crafted the beloved game story and the characters’ dialogue. During these last months, Benoît Sokal was working with the teams at Microids and Koalabs on the upcoming game Syberia: The World Before.

Despite his prolific career in video games, Benoît Sokal never let go of his original passion, and released the graphic novel Kraa in 2010. He also developed the Aquarica universe for several years with his friend François Schuiten, together, they adapt Aquarica as graphic novel, which first part has been published in 2017, the second one is expected for 2022 second semester.

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