Styx: Shards of Darkness is Cyanide Studio's upcoming Stealth Adventure game arriving March 2017 and the developer alongside publisher Focus Home Interactive have released the second gameplay trailer. The new trailer showcases gameplay from the sequel and touts some of Styx's stealth abilities and killing tactics.
The 3-minute trailer features a slew of Styx's new tools and abilities in three different locations - Wildoran the hunters' village, the secret Sanctuary of the Dark Elven city Korrangar, and Thoben, the city of thieves. The game's scope seems much larger than that of its predecessor and builds upon the foundations laid in the tower of Akenash, with more fluid movement and climbing abilities.
The Styx sequel will have a richer story told with cinematics including an enhanced bestiary, side-missions to complete, as well as new and improved sneaking and assassination skills. the developers said "The titular goblin's aerial abilities have been improved and expanded. Swing from ropes and attack from above with a slew of new tools such as the crossbow, with a range of different bolts such as the non-lethal poison bolt. The crossbow can be used not only to kill or disable enemies, but also to detach environmental objects crushing those below."
Expanding on Styx's abilities they also stated that "Cloning is one of Styx's signature abilities, and they've received a major upgrade. One of the new upgradeable abilities is the cocoon, which is a craftable item that you can throw to spawn your clone at a distance. Another new ability is called Rebirth, which teleports Styx to his clone's location, killing it in the process. It can be used in a number of ways - to travel to spots that are difficult to reach, or to get out of danger when things get dicey"
The original Styx was a solid stealth title that had some limitations but it seems these have already been addressed going by the new gameplay. The freedom of movement and the more open world feel to the game is sure to impress fans new and old. It's certainly one to keep an eye on and will be heading to stores in March 2017.