The cover and the preamble makes no bones about this novel being heavy on the “dark passions” side of things. It promises this is going to be a heady mix of sexual exploration with over tones of S&M, strange desires, horror and possibly a whodunit, in a steampunk milieu. Continue reading
Over at Lazygamer, they’ve speculated whether the next installment could have more of a steampunk theme to it. Throughout the series, the protagonist has been jumping around in history like some kind of lethal Sam Beckett and the latest edition sees us in Victorian London. Originally thought to be called Victory, Ubisoft have actually gone for the name Syndicate.
The name is inspired loosely from the plot as you team up with a band of underground criminals in London to fight the Templars who are taking control of the city from the Monarchy and Church. Set in 1868, the assassins are all but extinct. Jacob and his sister Evie are the main characters and you can play as either. Jacob is a brash fighter while Evie is the sneaking one.
The reasoning behind Lazygamer’s suspicions lie in a teaser image which was sent to them on May 8th, just before the announcement from Ubisoft on May 12th. It featured the crossed hands displaying the hidden blade in the right hand, while the left held a cane with a bird’s head as the topper (now revealed to be a hidden sword) and a knuckle duster. Lazygamer suggest that the additional leather and the valve on top of the gauntlet suggest a steer towards steampunk. However, with steampunk being a wholly historically inaccurate genre, it would sway into alternate realities and I don’t think that’s what Assassin’s Creed is about. Yes it’s a made up story, but the surroundings are completely accurate while adding steampunk would send it off at such a tangent it would be more akin to being a spin off.
Since then we’ve seen some images and such and I don’t think it is steampunk. They will likely have inventions that weren’t around which is essentially what steampunk is about, but I think it will lack the science fiction element that we also include.
Budapest, Hungary – 2015: Independent publisher and developer NeocoreGames announced today that the last episode in the Van Helsing trilogy The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III is available now on Steam for $14.99 including a 10% launch week discount and a 20% loyalty discount for owners of at least one of the first two Van Helsing games. Continue reading
Last May saw the release of the Cryptex flash drive from Steampunk Junkies. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, the Russian designer Stanislav Tatarinov, from Siberia, has managed to give the flash drive a steampunk update. Continue reading
After a successful funding campaign at the back end of 2014, which the Journal reported on, Avenging Angel by Dark Amber Softworks has been released on Steam.
KOUVOLA, FINLAND – June 1st, 2015: Dark Amber Softworks releases Avenging Angel in Steam Early Access PC June 1st 2015
Dark Amber Softworks releases Avenging Angel in Steam as an Early Access game on June 1st 2015 at 9:00 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).
Avenging Angel is a single-player PC-game. It is both an open world adventure FPS and an interactive story. The story takes place in fictional Northern City States (where modern-day Scandinavia is located) in a Steampunk setting, roughly 10000 years from our current day and age, where 21st Century has not only passed from history to legend, but also from legend into myth. The story takes place on an island where the player character is sent on a routine maintenance mission. It becomes quickly clear there is nothing remotely routine about this mission.
Avenging Angel also boasts weapon crafting and modding. Players can also craft power-ups by first collecting recipes and ingredients, and then utilizing the alchemy system.
The main voice cast now includes Danny Vaughn and Melissa Vaughn handling the voice duties of the two most important NPCs in the story, “Daedalus Finch” and “Freya”.
Rod Duncan, who teaches Creative Writing at DMU, in Leicester, has attracted a growing fan base after the debut novel in his series – called The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter – was nominated for the prestigious Philip K Dick Award and earned plaudits from critics in the UK and the US. Continue reading