Styx’s Developers Talk Us Through the Making of a Goblin

Posted on 21 Feb 2017 by
L Coulsen

Styx: Master of Shadows was a pretty good game, a bit rough around the edges perhaps, a rough diamond even, as mentioned in the above video, but a solid game.

Cyanide have taken all of that on board for its upcoming sequel, Styx: Shards of Darkness. To that end, everything has been tweaked and cranked up, including how open the levels are, Styx bag of tryx, and his personality. The little green gobshite will now talk directly to the player from time to time, even berating them for being bad at the game, and sure, it’s a gimmick, but boy oh boy does it fit his personality.

A big improvement is the inclusion of far more non-lethal options for dealing with guards. Hopefully this will include a hand to hand knockout too, but the biggest stand out is the inclusion of a full co-op option. One of those that just shits realism out of the window in favour of having two Styx’s running around, because sod it, why not? Then again, Styx is able to make clones of himself. Albeit, very scrawny, mentally stunted and without a will of their own, but hey, maybe he’s gotten better at it.

Styx: Shards of Darkness will release across most major platforms (with 10% discount on Steam) on March 14th of this year…that’s only a few weeks to go!

Official Press Release

February 21, 2017 – Styx: Shards of Darkness – Cyanide Studio, developers of Styx: Shards of Darkness, today share in video how they envisioned and gave life, personality and soul to the main lead of their game, the witty goblin Styx.

More ambitious than its predecessor in every department, Shards of Darkness takes our nimble thief out of the shadows of Akenash and into a bigger world with more skills, a greater bestiary, and more intricate, vertical level design. Shards of Darkness benefits from a larger production and better realization, with a story supplemented by cutscenes in which Styx expresses his trademark wit and snark – get a sneak peek at his sarcastic, fourth wall breaking humor in this video!

You’ll learn why Styx is not the kind of character you’re used to playing, and how his wits outweigh his weaknesses. As a goblin, direct confrontation is the best way to kick the bucket, so you’ll have to study your environment to find the best approach and tools to overcome your enemies.

Discover how this “ugly little green character” adapts to your playstyle, as “you can be the guy that goes in and out through the level getting every item, or the sneaky one who never raises any alarm.” Take advantage of Styx’s acrobatic prowess and rain down from above, or use your tools and abilities to totally avoid detection – it’s entirely up to you. No matter how you play, he’ll be there for the entire journey, criticizing not only the player, but his creators too!

Styx: Shards of Darkness comes March 14th, 2017 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC! You can preorder the game now on STEAM to get exclusive access to the Akenash set, donning the outfit and dagger from Styx’s first adventure.

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