Sneak around a dark, mysterious fantasty world in Cyanide Studio’s new title
Styx: Master of Shadows is a stealth game coming soon to PS4, set in a dark, mature, heroic fantasy universe. For this game our goal was to return to the roots of the genre and revisit it through a unique character: Styx, a nimble, sneaky, sarcastic goblin.
We want to offer a real challenge to the player, with a game requiring strategy and reflexes. You really have to take care of many details to progress in a level. But to make the things fair, you’ll have powerful tools at your disposal that you’ll have to use wisely.
Who is Styx?
Fragile and far removed from the brutish hero used to kicking everybody’s butt, our goblin is a skillful assassin that excels at hiding in the shadows. Obsessed by the Amber, Styx would do absolutely anything to reach the source of this substance – the Heart of the Tree. Extremely cunning, he’ll always find a solution to achieve his objective, by whatever means necessary.
What is Amber ?
The Amber – a powerful and rare substance – gives Styx a wide array of magical powers, such as invisibility, enhanced senses, or even the ability to summon and control disposable clones of himself. But, these powers come at a significant cost. Styx’s addiction to Amber brings with it unending mental torment, causing him to sink slowly into madness.
The Heart of the Tree is well protected within the human Tower of Akenash, a fortress built with the help of the elves living around the tree. Over time, the tower became a center of power, knowledge and mystery.
The upper levels contain the apartments occupied by the ruler, the embassy where humans receive diplomats from the four corners of the kingdom, the great library and the “docks” (served by airship). The upper levels are the only ones that receive sunlight.
Below, built around the dome that encloses the World Tree, are the military quarters, prisons and alchemy labs where humans try desperately to master the sometimes destructive power of amber.
The further you descend into the depths of Akenash, the closer you get to the world Tree and the elves that protect it. This is a dangerous zone where unpleasant creatures are to be found lurking.
How open is the world?
The verticality and the level design of Akenash will provide the player with a large range of possibilities to outwit the tower residents and reach his goal. There is not only one path to go from a point to another, but a lot of different solutions. The game is made of open areas. You’ll find a lot of different ways to go, just by looking around (and above!) you and as you’re a small creature, there’s some options that are only available for you!
Be careful, the most obvious paths are not always the safest. ;)