DOLMEN – Caniptei Trailer

Posted on 18 Apr 2018

Currently sitting on Kickstarter, DOLMEN is an upcoming Souls-like sci-fi game and if nothing else it has some sweet creature concept art. If you can forgive the terrible audio balancing and the narrator apparently not having a pop filter on his mic, the video above is well worth giving a look to see two of the aforementioned pieces of art for a creature type called the Caniptei.

DOLMEN is still well short of its funding goal but has 20 days to go.

Official Press Release

It couldn’t be more clear — genre fans want DOLMEN! The team at Massive Work Studio could not be more grateful for the nearly 500 backers that have put their faith in the developer’s chilling SoulsBorne-inspired Horror ARPG. With twenty-one days to go on their Kickstarter campaign, feast your eyes upon a new behind the scenes look at the creation of one of DOLMEN’s most intimidating foes and the game’s first boss: the Queen Caniptei and her workers.

The Caniptei were brought to life by Massive Work’s incredibly talented art team, led by Alex Oliver — who has worked on Blizzard titles Diablo and World of Warcraft. They knew they wanted the creatures in DOLMEN to be original and hair-raising, but still share a resemblance to more classic science-fiction and Lovecraftian monstrosities. Inspired by Spielberg’s dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and the complex, visually-striking beasts from H.P. Lovecraft, the team began drawing up what would be the Canipteis, the creatures with the most substantial presence in Revion Prime.

The Caniptei workers are relentless in their devotion to the Queen and will stop at no end to ensure the safety of her and the nest. These vile creatures have the appearance to match their attitudes, boasting fangs and claws sharp enough to tear steel; their long, repulsive tongues act as one of their few vulnerabilities. It is in the player’s best interest to defeat a Caniptei worker quickly before a horde accumulates.

Who (or what) is more fitting to be the first boss enemy in DOLMEN than the Queen Caniptei herself? The Queen is a unique enemy boss in that she enforces her gross regality by commanding her children (the Canipetei workers) to handle most threats for her. She isn’t entirely defenseless, however, as once she’s threatened enough to attack, she makes use of her devastating tentacles that can crush and impale those who invade her territory. The Queen Caniptei draws inspiration from creatures such as H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu and legendary Norse monster the Kraken. The Queen is only one of the many wonderfully terrifying monsters waiting to test the boldness of players. Stay tuned for more as we unveil additional behind the scenes updates throughout DOLMEN’s Kickstarter campaign.

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