From Cyanide, the same studio behind Of Orcs and Men, comes a game that aims to do Thief better than Thief. Introducing Styx: Master of Shadows, which is both his name and the title of his game. Styx is a goblin, obviously, but more than that he's a master thief as well as an assassin. His small stature allows him to sneak and crawl into assorted places that Garret's large frame never would. Also, his barf is poison. Check out Styx's summer story trailer, released just this morning.
Styx: Master of Shadows is one of those games that slipped past my attention, and likely the attentions of many other gamers as well. Publisher Focus Home Entertainment does well for one of the "small guys," but with small studios and unknown IPs it's a bit like fighting against the tide. Still, Styx is a game following in the footsteps of another big release of the year, it looks very solid visually, and it adds a lot of fun mechanics. Plus, you have to support a game that casts a goblin as its protagonist. You just have to.
The other piece of the pie, story, may be Styx's weak point. Despite the trailer and its tendency to throw around fancy concepts like the world tree, amber, the myth of goblins and so on, I have no idea what's going on in this game. Who is Styx, what is he fighting for, and why should I care? What is this labyrinthine castle and why does it all look the same? I think Focus Home Interactive have a lot of work establishing what this game is, beyond something aping Thief.
Styx: Master of Shadows is slated for launch in September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.