Spend 14 Minutes in the Shadows with Styx

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Here it is. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. Or at least the moment I’ve been waiting for. Cyanide Studio has released the first glimpse at gameplay from the upcoming Of Orcs and Men stealth RPG spin-off/successor, Styx: Master of Shadows. A full 14 minutes of uncut commentated game action as press got to see demoed at E3.

It’s difficult to judge stealth games from work-in-progress demos as things like AI might be toned down, not fully implemented, or just poorly coded. The usual sort of oblivious guard AI can be seen in spots, which is a bit troubling, but I’ll give the game the benefit of the doubt for now as the bulk of the demo looks really cool. The scale and verticality of the environment certainly is impressive, and Styx appears to stalk the shadows with flow and ease. Styx also has some cool abilities over other stealth heroes/antiheroes, like being able to vomit into the human water supply and watch it poison those who drink from it, or spawn a clone to cause distractions, harass enemies, lure enemies into ambushes or traps, scout ahead or hide in boxes to act as an auto-stealth kill against any unsuspecting human that happens to walk too close.

The other cool news is the confirmation that Styx: Master of Shadows will be appearing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in addition to the originally announced PC version. A specific timeframe for release still hasn’t been announced, but it’s at least nice to know that the game will be on consoles.

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