Press release

Emily Bear is joining the musical roster of Syberia: The World Before!

The renown pianist will give life to the composer Inon Zur’s musical score.

Paris, July 21th 2021 – Microids is delighted to welcome the talented pianist Emily Bear to the musical crew for the game Syberia: The World Before.

An award-winning composer and recording artist since her professional debut at the age of five, 19 year old Emily Bear has achieved groundbreaking success as a pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter. She has performed on the worlds most legendary stages and is mentored by legendary producer, Quincy Jones. She is currently composing the viral hit musical Bridgerton the Musical with her writing partner, Abigail Barlow. Her expertise and love for film and media scoring highlights her ability to move between musical styles and to communicate story through music.

For Inon Zur “I found Emily to be a perfect fit for Syberia: The World Before. Not only because she is an amazing pianist, but also for how her own personality and performance complements the character Dana Rose. Emily’s unique classical virtuoso touch, along with her understanding of my music and the story of the game, makes her participation a tremendous contribution for the Syberia music world. I’m thrilled that she joined us as the piano voice for the score, I couldn’t hope for a better fit.” It makes no doubt that Emily’s sensibility will dramatically enhance the game score.

As a reminder, the prologue of Syberia: The World Before is available for free on Steam and GOG. Wishlists for the full game are available on Steam, GOG and Epic Games Store. Syberia: The World Before will be released in 2021.


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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 released the first graphic novel based on Aquarica in 2017.