Cyanide Studio and Focus Home Interactive revealed a new gameplay trailer this week for Styx: Shards of Darkness. The new trailer is available in the player below, featuring three minutes of new gameplay footage.
Additionally, Cyanide confirmed today that preorders have kicked off for the game, which is due out in March 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The new trailer also features a look at Styx’s new tools, abilities and three different game locations: Wildoran the hunters’ village; the secret Sanctuary of the Dark Elven city Korrangar; and Thoben, the city of thieves.
In the new game, the titular goblin is back with new climbing abilities. The new story will also be told with cinematics, and the gameplay will have an enhanced bestiary, more side-missions to play through and new sneaking and assassination skills. In terms of Styx’s new skills, Focus has confirmed that he will be able to swing from ropes and attack from above. his new tools includes things like a crossbow with a range of different bolts. The crossbow is a versatile tool that can be used to kill enemies, disable them or even detach certain objects in the environment to crush unsuspecting foes.
One of Styx’s new abilities is the cocoon, which is an item he can craft and throw to spawn at a clone at a distance. He has another new technique called the rebirth, which teleports Styx to his clone’s location, killing it in the process. Players can decide whether they want to specialize in crafting to give Styx access to a craftable contraption like the Acid Trap. The Acid Trap will dissolve enemies after they step on it. This is a good technique to use against armored enemies who Styx cannot defeat with his dagger.
Styx: Shards of Darkness arrives next year. It will be available in March 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC.