Posts Tagged ‘Arkane Studios’

Dishonored 2 Trailer Champions A Cutthroat Empress

I know how much you like slitting throats, so I got this Dishonored 2 [official site] launch trailer for you. It’s got a lot of your stabby bloodshed in it, but also some other powers available to the discerning murderer, including ‘annoying flies’, the ‘mini warp’ and ‘becoming a living avatar of chaos’. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before but there’s some bits of plot thrown in for good measure. Which is good because plot is your second favourite thing after slitting throats.
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Dishonored 2: A Closer Look At The Art Of Karnaca

Dishonored 2

With Dishonored 2‘s [official site] release hovering on the gaming horizon, I wanted to take a closer look at Arkane’s sequel and its distinctive aesthetic with art director, Sébastien Mitton. Our conversation touched on fashion influences, how you approach the art of a sequel, the role of tech advangements and why it’s important that Dishonored 2 went with Victorian city-building instead of a modern grid. As ever with these art-focused features, you can click on the images to see a larger version. Read the rest of this entry »

Dishonored 2 System Requirements Sneak In

We’re barrelling towards the end of the year, which means – oh gosh! – we’re ten days from Dishonored 2 [official site]. Publishers Bethesda today announced that Arkane’s supernatural stealth-o-action game has “gone gold”, which is a technical industry term for the dev team being allowed a 5-minute toilet break for a wee (to ‘go gold’) before they return to their desks and start on the first patch. This also means enough is locked in to announce system requirements and gab about graphics options. Onwards! Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic Is Ten Years Old Today

Kick me in the pants, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is ten years old. That’s ten years since Arkane released their first-person fantasy game about kicking men (or orcs) in the pants. And about slicking the ground with ice using magic, then watching men (or orcs) slip on it and fall off cliffs. Or about being knocked down yourself and being able to see your pants, because it was a rare-at-the-time first-person game in which you had a body.

It was good, except for the bits that weren’t, and in its creative slapstick murder there lies some of the roots of Dishonored. We’ve gathered a few thoughts below.

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The Aliens Are Already Here: Prey’s Alternate History

We don’t know a great deal about Prey [official site], severed as it seems to be from the previous game called Prey and the half-formed sequel that died on the vine. The player character can be a man or a woman, there are shadowy, goopy aliens, you can turn into a mug, and it’s being made by Arkane, the studio behind Dishonored. Prepare to learn a whole lot more.

A new video, using rather fetching animation, tells us the backstory of the space station Talos I (the game’s setting), the corporation that owns it, and the creatures that live there. To get to the future though, we need to go back to the mid-twentieth century and an alternative cold war. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Prey’s Female Non-Graham Protagonist

I’m certainly up for transforming into a mug in the new Prey [official site], Arkane’s upcoming ‘reimagining’ of Human Head’s 2006 sci-fi FPS, but I was less sold on my default form being our own Graham Smith. It’s not right, that. I don’t agree that games are (or should be) escapism but playing my own boss – the man who chases me around the virtual office with a virtual broom every day – just isn’t what I want.

Good news: if we’d like, we’ll also be able to play Prey as a lady. Her name is Morgan Yu too. And she doesn’t look like anyone I work with. Hear her in a new/old trailer.

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The Beautiful Cruelty Of Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2‘s fourth mission is supposedly about infiltrating the home of Kirin Jindosh, a sadistic inventor who must be bumped off or “neutralised” before he unleashes an army of automatons upon the world. But what you’re really doing in the Clockwork Mansion is invading a brain. Having already seen excerpts from a developer playthrough, I had a sense that the building’s rearrangeable mechanical layouts might reflect the character of its architect, much as Bioshock and Portal’s labyrinths do GlaDOS and Andrew Ryan. I was unprepared, however, for how extravagantly Jindosh’s neuroses infest the place, or for how cruel it feels to slip through the cracks in his amazing creation – past the velvet drapes, beneath the lacquered facades and into the whirring schematics of his subconsciousness.

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