Styx: Shards of Darkness, the sequel to Cyanide Studios’ stealth ’em up, Master of Shadows, creeps back to Xbox One later this year, promising a new adventure with bigger production, tonnes of new features and a new engine: Unreal Engine 4.
And to tease us further are three new images, revealing a few of the many dangers your green anti-hero will have to face during his journey.
One of the hostile factions you will meet in the huge underground city of Korrangar is composed of the Dark Elves. Dark Elves were previously Elves who had to live without any amber for multiple generations. Slowly, they have been turning into fanatic and bloodthirsty creatures. They became masters in Quartz fabrication, a new, much more dangerous, source of power. They are also experts at goblin hunting and the Exterminator Dark Elf is proof of that. He has honed his skills to perfection, and is able to flush out pesky creatures hiding in dark corners and hard-to-reach places with toxic bombs.
If there’s an even more dangerous place than Korrangar, it would be Wildoran, the city of goblin hunters. Wildoran inhabitants are stout people wearing heavy armour – the powerful Dwarves. Styx is unable to breach their impenetrable defence, so you must innovate and adapt to disable or avoid them. Every dwarf also has a supernatural sense of smell, and is able to slowly track Styx as he moves from cover to cover.
And in the darkness other foes lie in wait.
We’ll be able to see more from Styx: Shards of Darkness during E3.