The Swindle Potential Follow-Up Shows Sci-Fi Style

The Swindle’s [official site] cyberpunk/steampunk aesthetic was unique, but the sci-fi concept art posted on Size Five Games’ blog seems like it would adapt even more readily to its stealthy computer hacking gameplay. The developer is considering a follow-up game and has brought in an artist to chuck a few ideas together. The resulting artwork by Gareth Davies has a gritty 70’s/80’s sci-fi look highlighted by pastels and reminds me of Chris Foss’ work for Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Chief Size Fiver Dan Marshall explained:

“One of the things I’ve been thinking about making is a sort-of follow-up to The Swindle. Not a sequel, just the same concept done… differently. In order to differentiate it as not-a-sequel it needed a different art style, time period and vibe entirely, so I’ve been working with the exceptionally-talented Gareth Davies to put together some concept art for how a project might look.”

Though they’re still rough mood pieces, the art style is tremendous. If Size Five could pull off a live, animated game in the same vein, it would be beautiful. The development team would have a lot more leeway with set design as well, and in the artwork, we can already see what appears to be a space station or satellite, a genetics lab, and various cityscapes. Size Five hasn’t committed to making a new game in this vein yet though, unfortunately.

“I’m not definitely making it, everything’s up in the air at the moment, but they came out so brilliantly I couldn’t just sit on them so thought I’d share,” Marshall said.

If you think this style of game is something you’d love to play, let The Swindle devs know by dropping them a line on their blog. Go now. Now excuse me while I rewatch that excellent Dune documentary. Salvador Dali was wild.


  1. Faults says:

    If they stuck roughly to that art style for the final release, I would buy that on day one.

  2. Stellar Duck says:

    Ooh, never seen people with Liefield syndrome in games before!

  3. Chaz says:

    That looks really nice, would buy a game like that, especially a base busting Saboteur style game. That’s the 1985 Saboteur game of course.

  4. cpt_freakout says:

    It looks great, like an old Belgian comic.

    • Tuidjy says:

      It looks great, like an old Belgian comic.
      My first reaction was “Hey, are they making an Incal video game?” I would love to play anything in the Metabarons’ universe, anyway.