The brilliant French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud had one of the most recognizable artistic styles, and although his works have inspired video games for decades…including those he worked on directly-few have been able to truly resemble one of his illustrations brought to life.
We had one last year, with the excellent Sableand now we get another one called XTAL (You can also count Pixeljunk Raiders if you feel generous). With a name that could have you think of a classic aphex twin Track, XTAL is billed by its developers as “a sleek blend of action and exploration with a fast-paced combat system that combines TPS, Hack ‘n’ Slash, and Bullet Hell elements with a vibrant art style inspired by French comics”.
(Yes, I know Moebius isn’t the only artist with a “French comic strip” style, as that glosses over the hugely influential work of the likes of Jean-Claude Mézières, but it definitely goes towards Moebius’ unique look ) .
My apologies to anyone who has read this far and is still reading this as “Morbius”but it’s not my fault the internet fried your brain.
Here’s the game’s trailer, with the plot summarized as follows: “A distant past echoes across the planet Syro, as its ruined landscapes are corrupted by a mysterious force. As a researcher, you will use technology lost to engage in combat and explore a vast and evocative world.
It looks cool! The game is developed by True Colors, an independent studio based in Turin, Italy. Note that even though this trailer looks impressive, the game is still very at the start of development. To help everyone out, however, they were share a ton of progress on their Twitter accountincluding my favorite type of pre-launch content: concept art.
XTAL is coming to Steam…eventually, although given what I just said above, it’s no surprise that there isn’t even a tentative release date for accompany its new Steam page.