Styx: Shards of Darkness

A sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows by French studio Cyanide. Once again you play as the goblin assassin known from the first installment and the RPG Of Orcs and Men. The protagonist goes to the city of Körangar, a stronghold of the Dark Elves. There he discovers that a secretive meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and to save your kin from annihilation. In terms of mechanics, Styx: Shades of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor, focusing on the stealth aspect and the quiet ways of eliminating your opponents. At the same time, the game's world has become more expansive, and the protagonist now has a range of new abilities, such as being able to jump from one corner of the room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines.

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PC / Windows
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Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx: Shards of Darkness | PC

Action, TPP, fantasy, Stealth, humorous, action adventure

Companies responsible for Styx: Shards of Darkness

Cyanide Studio | game developer

Focus Home Interactive | publisher   Official website

Styx: Shards of Darkness release date for PC:

game language:
English

14 March 2017 | Worldwide

14 March 2017 | Europe

14 March 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 42 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.3 / 10 calculated out of 97 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx: Shards of Darkness | XBOX ONE

Styx: Shards of Darkness release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

14 March 2017 | Worldwide

14 March 2017 | Europe PAL

14 March 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.1 / 10 calculated out of 9 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4) Cover
Styx: Shards of Darkness

Styx: Shards of Darkness | PS4

Action, TPP, fantasy, Stealth, humorous, action adventure

Companies responsible for Styx: Shards of Darkness

Cyanide Studio | game developer

Focus Home Interactive | publisher   Official website

Styx: Shards of Darkness release date for PS4:

game language:
English

14 March 2017 | Worldwide

14 March 2017 | Europe PAL

14 March 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Game score 7.5 / 10 calculated out of 13 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.7 / 10 calculated out of 12 players' votes.  

Styx: Shards of Darkness for PlayStation 4 is a sequel to the well-received TPP stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows, sometimes referred to as the Thief of the fantasy genre. It was developed by the same team that created the first installment, the French studio Cyanide, known from such series as Blood Bowl or Pro Cycling Manager. Styx: Shards of Darkness was announced in October 2015, almost exactly on the anniversary of its predecessor's release, and was released a year later for PC Windows, as well as the eighth generation consoles, such as PlayStation4 and Xbox ONE.

Plot

The protagonist of Styx: Shards of Darkness is the eponymous goblin assassin, known from another Cyanide game, the RPG Of Orcs and Men. After the fall of the Akenash tower, hiding the source of precious amber, new circumstances force Styx to infiltrate the city of Körangar, the stronghold of the Dark Elves. It turns out that the secretive diplomatic meeting of the Elves and the Dwarves is just a cover for a dangerous conspiracy and an alliance of the goblin-hating races. Your task is to uncover the secrets surrounding the conspiracy and saving your kin from annihilation.

Mechanics

Mechanics-wise, Styx: Shards of Darkness does not differ much from its predecessor. It's still a TPP action game, focusing on the stealth aspect and quiet methods of eliminating possible foes. However, the game's elements have been expanded. The world of Styx: Shards of Darkness is larger, and the protagonist can now use a wide range of new abilities, such as the ability to jump from one corner of a room to another, climb up ropes or us a knife to move around via zip-lines. The game also features new, varied locations and NPCs, and new opponents to fight.

Technical aspects

Styx: Shards of Darkness for PlayStation 4, compared to its 2014 predecessor, features clearly updated visuals, utilizing the advanced Unreal Engine 4.

Styx: Shards of Darkness The Art of Stealth

Styx: Shards of Darkness The Art of Stealth | 2:01

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Styx: Shards of Darkness Game Guide

game guide 29 March 2017

Styx: Shards of Darkness guide contains a walkthrough breaking down each mission and focusing on aiding new players in completion of quests and in solving puzzles. It also covers side finding collectibles, crafting, using skills and unlocking trophies.

Styx: Shards of Darkness demo is live

News 07 June 2017 11:53

If you have not yet tried out Styx: Shards of Darkness, now's your chance. A demo for Cyanide's stealth action game has just been released on PC, XONE, and PS4.

Styx: Shards of Darkness to launch on March 14; watch the new trailer

News 21 February 2017 16:08

We knew it was going to be March, but now we also know the specific date of the release of Styx: Shards of Darkness. The nasty goblin assassin will start killing on March 14, 2017.

Styx: Shards of Darkness gets new gameplay video and release date

News 16 December 2016 13:16

A new gameplay footage from Styx: Shards of Darkness shows off some nice ways of fooling or killing opponents undetected. Cyanide Studios have also announced that the game is coming out in March.

Styx: Shards of Darkness’ big locations on new screenshots

News 24 February 2016 11:40

See a couple of new screenshots from Styx: Shards of Darkness, an Unreal 4-based sequel to Styx: Master of Shadows. This next installment in the series will feature bigger locations as well as new ways of moving around them.