I Spy A New Look For Spy Party

Spy Party! Come here. You’re taking far too long about this, and I’ve a mind to give your ear a right old clipping. Oh, what’s that, you’ve been busy working on a brand new, completely overhauled and really rather fetching ‘illustrative’ look? Well, alright, I’ll let you off this time though. Just this once mind, and you’re still going to bed with supper tonight.

Joystiq have the news/shots, and the new look comes courtesy of former Maxis artist/animator John Cimino, who hopefully sensibly turned down a job in the ninth circle of hell at Zynga for the chance to work on Chris Hecker’s long-in-the-making two-player hide and seek/assassination game.

Hecker told Joystiq that “We really wanted the art style to reflect the same level of subtlety that the gameplay has. I didn’t want it to be too realistic or too exaggerated, and I think we hit it on this really nice, call it naturalistic or illustrative – they look like illustrations. I’m super excited.” He’s adamant that the new look shouldn’t/won’t affect the game outside of aesthetics, however.

Looks lovely. Can’t wait to see how it looks in-game. Please be quick. Here’s what it used to look like, for reference:

We might get to see the new look in action come PAX, but in the meantime you can sign up for the paid, old-look beta here.


  1. AlwaysRight says:

    They look great, any ETA on when they’re going to be implemented?

    I’m in the beta but whenever I go to the lobby there’s only one or two people there, usually with 300+ wins in both spy and sniper, then I run away like a big scaredy cat.

    (I have 0 wins)

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  3. brau says:

    YES! i can’t wait to see the visual over haul for this. It’ll be awesome.

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    Hodge says:

    Wow, that was unexpected. Welcome though, the new character models look great.

  5. Stardog says:

    It reminds me of something like “The Ship”. Looks better now.

  6. fullbleed says:

    Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren?

    • Daleof says:

      I’m getting more of a Danny Glover in The Royal Tanenbaums kind of vibe.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      Vincent Price, Sarah Palin, and William Howard Taft

    • MSJ says:

      Add Bruce WIllis and John Malkovich and the cast is complete.

  7. moyogo says:

    Mmmm, supper in bed.

  8. beema says:

    For an old lady with a huge rack, her boobs sure are perky.

    • valentingalea says:

      Also check the guys glass-holding hand compared to hers… ginormous!

      • caddyB says:

        That’s his fapping arm.

      • Lars Westergren says:

        It’s like a Facehugger is crawling over the glass!

        I love the new art direction though. Can’t wait to play this with my friends.

    • Zepp says:

      Lol so I’m not the only strange one! I would hit her for sure. Hot. :D

  9. Soolseem says:

    I’m in the beta, and sadly it sounds like this won’t be implemented until sometime next year.

  10. Adventurous Putty says:

    The snobbish, vaguely anachronistic look is absolutely perfect. It matches kitsch with high style. Now I’m going to enjoy shooting these people even more.

  11. Skabooga says:

    I didn’t really think about Spy Party needing a graphical/art overhaul, but now that I’ve seen these images, I cannot imagine it any other way.

  12. Jackablade says:

    If we’re guessing which one is the spy, my money is on the one that looks like Mallory Archer.

  13. RagingLion says:

    Saw this earlier today – it really does look great.

    Sounds like it will still be a long long wait though. Not before 2013 and you know what, it might even be 2014. It is only a 2 person team though and it sounds like they’re really looking to perfect it to allow proper competitive level play.

  14. Dozer says:

    Any hope the gameplay doesn’t quickly get boring? As I understand it, the Spy has one basic objective: Pretend to be an NPC. And the sniper likewise had only one objective: Detect character who is not an NPC. It boils down to an anti-Turing test, is this an AI or a human pretending to be an AI? I worry that once players are familiar with the game it will be perpetually unbalanced in favour of the sniper or the spy.

  15. jrodman says:

    Has it got a game in it wot I can play wifout ova players?

    • Hypocee says:

      No. I’m basically SP-only, but in this case even I have to acknowledge that without another mind to match, there’s no point. Can a robot imitate a robot? The answer is yes.

  16. Dlarit says:

    I’ve not read the article yet but from the picture is this Tom Jones the game?

  17. Josh W says:

    Amasing! It never occured to me, but this game has the potential to look really good, given the tiny space you are working with, which is weird, because in my mind this was in the same category as weird roguelikes etc; something you play for the challenge and not the looks. But with good lighting and animation, this could actually have both!