Styx, Cyanide Studios’ goblin assassin, is set to star in his latest game, Styx: Shard of Darkness, later this month. The game’s publisher, Focus Home Interactive, just released a new trailer that hints at the story and introduces new players to Styx’s personality.
Styx: Shards of Darkness revolves around stealing a scepter topped with a large piece of quartz. In the game, quartz is a magical stone that could possibly cure Styx of his addiction to amber, a magical liquid that lets him spawn goblin clones and turn invisible. As one would expect from games with a gritty medieval setting, nobody is who they seem, and everyone has an ulterior motive or scheme, especially the person who owns the scepter Styx needs to steal.
The trailer also introduces Styx’s personality for those unfamiliar with the character. A major recurring theme in Styx’s games is that each race (humans, orcs, elves, dark elves, and dwarves) distrusts every other race, yet they all hate goblins above all else since goblins are mindless wretches who spread death and disease. Styx is a one-of-a-kind intelligent goblin, and he is probably more intelligent than most members of other “intelligent” races. This general distrust of all goblins, including him, has left Styx cynical and with a sarcastic sense of humor.
Styx clearly does not trust the person who hires him to steal the scepter, as more often than not such people set him up to fail and let him take the blame for everything that goes wrong. As a result, Styx taunts everyone he meets and refuses to take anyone seriously, as evidenced by his vicious mocking of people who wear “a stupid white tabard with a hoodie,” an obvious jab at the iconic clothing of assassin’s from Assassin’s Creed.
Styx: Shards of Darkness will launch March 14 for the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.