Double Fine’s The Cave Open For Spelunking On January 22nd

SEGA and Double Fine announced today that Ron Gilbert (the creator of Monkey Island and Manic Mansion) will launch his latest game, The Cave, on January 22, 2013 on the PlayStation Network and Nintendo’s Wii U eShop for $14.99. Xbox 360 and PC/Mac gamers will be able to join in on all the spelunking fun the following day (January 23rd) for 1200 Microsoft Bucks and $14.99 on Steam.

If you have not been keeping up with our coverage of the upcoming game, The Cave has players pick a team of three adventurers from a group of seven different characters to explore the depths of a mysterious talking cave. Judging from the first and second character trailers, each of the playable adventurers has then own unique story and abilities. Considering that you can only take three of them down at one time, we are expecting that the game will require multiple playthroughs before you can see all the environmental puzzles that The Cave has to offer.

The seven characters that players have to choose from are; The Hillbilly (who is searching the cave for his true love), The Scientist (she is on the cusp of a great discovery for all mankind), The Monk (he seeks a journey filled with “peace, and enlightenment, and murder!”), The Twins (two slightly creepy children, who count as one character that want nothing more than to “go outside to play”), The Adventurer (she is looking for her lost companions and treasure), The Knight (he is on a quest to obtain a powerful sword), and The Time Traveler (she is trying to “write a wrong a million years in the making”).

Aside from simply knowing who the seven characters are, I’ve been pretty much in the dark as to what exactly to expect from The Cave. With that said, it appears to be one of those games where going in blind pays off.

Make sure to check back with us next week for our full review of The Cave.