The seven explorers of "The Cave": monk, adventurer, hillbilly, scientist, twins, knight and time traveler (All rights reserved - Double Fine / Sega)
Get a feel for the tone of The Cave in its "Full Character" trailer, released a week ahead of the game's Jan. 22 debut.
It's a tale of seven explorers (well, eight if you count the devious twins), each of whom have their own reasons for plumbing the depths of a titular talking cave.
The Cave is also the first fruit of a collaboration between Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert, who are well known for their work together on classic adventure games The Secret of Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle.
And where Schafer got his break in the business as part of Gilbert's team at LucasArts back in the '90s, Gilbert is now at Schafer's independent company Double Fine Productions.
Billed as a downloadable title and published by Sega, the PlayStation 3 Network Store and Nintendo Wii U eShop will receive The Cave first on Jan. 22, with the Xbox 360 marketplace and Windows PCs' Steam Network getting in on the action come Jan. 23.