Syberia: The World Before is the highly anticipated fourth installment in the Syberia series. While the game can be enjoyed as a standalone experience, it is enriched by the references to Kate Walker’s previous adventures. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the story so far, exploring the events of the first three games in the series. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of the enchanting world of Syberia.
In the original Syberia game, we are introduced to Kate Walker, a New York lawyer who is sent to France on behalf of a client. Her mission is to acquire the Voralberg Toy Factory, a renowned manufacturer of intricate clockwork toys. However, this seemingly straightforward task takes a twist when Kate discovers the existence of Hans Voralberg, the long-lost twin brother of the factory’s late owner, Anna Voralberg.
Hans, a mechanical genius, has become fixated on finding and riding a live mammoth. Despite being considered the black sheep of the family due to his obsession, Anna remained close to him. She developed a specialized clockwork train that could transport her to Hans’ remote laboratory in eastern Russia, where he believes the legendary island of Syberia, the home of the Youkol tribe and the last living mammoths, can be found.
Kate’s journey to find Hans takes her across Europe, accompanied by Oscar, an exceedingly polite humanoid automaton who operates the clockwork train. Along the way, she becomes entangled in a plot to abduct retired opera singer Helena Romanski. Kate must navigate through challenges and ultimately reaches the Aralbad Spa, where she convinces Hans to sign off on the factory’s acquisition.
However, upon her return home, Kate discovers that her fiancé Dan has been unfaithful. Seeking solace and a new adventure, she decides to return to Hans and explore the fabled land of Syberia.
Syberia 2 (2004)
Syberia 2 picks up where the first game left off, with Kate becoming Hans’ apprentice. Facing legal consequences for her actions in the United States, she must also assist Hans, whose health is deteriorating. In the midst of their journey, the clockwork train is stolen by poachers who intend to exploit Hans’ knowledge to hunt for mammoth ivory on the island of Syberia.
Kate embarks on a pursuit to retrieve the stolen train, leading her to a hidden Youkol village where Hans has sought refuge. The Youkol shaman reveals that Hans is in a coma and his only hope lies in a spiritual ritual that Kate volunteers to undergo. Successfully waking Hans, they continue their journey to Syberia, eventually summoning the last herd of mammoths and fulfilling Hans’ lifelong dream.
Syberia 3 (2017)
Syberia 3, despite its release over a decade after Syberia 2, seamlessly continues Kate’s story. After surviving a near-death experience, Kate wakes up in a clinic under the care of Doctor Olga Efimova. Discovering a conspiracy between Efimova and the Russian military to poison the Youkol tribe’s water source, Kate escapes the clinic to warn the Youkols.
The Youkols are willing to relocate to avoid destruction, but Kate refuses to leave without Kurk, a young Youkol in need of a prosthetic leg. She returns to the clinic, only to be intercepted by Nic Cantin, a private investigator sent from the United States to bring her back. Kate manages to free Kurk and retrieve Oscar’s heart, a vital component containing his personality and data.
With the Youkols, Kate embarks on a perilous journey, encountering a legendary monster known as Quinak and discovering an abandoned amusement park built by Hans. Through determination and resourcefulness, Kate revives Oscar and continues her quest. Eventually, they reach the border, where Kate sacrifices herself to buy the Youkols time to escape.
Syberia: The World Before
At the beginning of Syberia: The World Before, Kate finds herself in a labor camp a year after the events of Syberia 3. The game promises to delve deeper into Kate’s story, unveiling new mysteries and challenges for players to navigate. While the previous games provide a foundation for her character and the world she inhabits, The World Before can be enjoyed as a standalone adventure.
The Syberia series has captivated players with its rich storytelling and imaginative world. Kate Walker’s journey from a New York lawyer to an intrepid explorer in search of mammoths and lost lands has enthralled fans for years. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to the series, Syberia: The World Before offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in a tale of adventure, mystery, and self-discovery. Embark on a new chapter with Kate and uncover the secrets that await in this enchanting universe.