Nightingale, the upcoming survival game from studio Inflexion, is an adventure across magical realms full of creatures and whimsical fae worlds inspired by Victorian fairy tales and themes. How many mysterious worlds will players explore in Nightingale? Inflexion did not say, but in an interview for IGN Fan FestArt and sound director Neil Thompson suggests they will at least “seem to be timeless.”
Thompson joined CEO Aaryn Flynn at Fan Fest to talk about the different worlds of Nightingale, which Thompson says Inflexion thinks of parallel universes inhabited by creatures, monsters and wildlife. Flynn says that players will move between worlds through portals, which will appear after they’ve explored a specific area sufficiently. After finding a portal, players can decide if they want to move on or stay where they are. Flynn added that while they haven’t discussed the details yet, some checks will be done to make sure players have the correct equipment and other resources to be able to survive on the other side.
The creatures and worlds connected through the portal come from a number of different inspirations, including Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’s Susanna Clark, other Dutch and classical art, and of course, the Victorian era, which Thompson calls “incredibly visually evocative.” And it all comes down to myth.
“From a biological perspective, we wanted to delve into this idea of fairy tales and folklore,” he said. “Bandersnatch, in our world, is a cross between a raptor and a bat-like creature. They’re pretty much alive in worlds, not necessarily what you’d expect to see in the dark, that’s it. That’s for sure.”
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He was tougher when asked if we might catch the Jabberwocky, but was willing to reveal some details about the other creatures. Thompson went on to detail The Bounds, a faction created by rival Fae as an “imitation of humanity” against RealmWalkers players. The Bound comes in many forms, including a minion creature, a ranged attacker, a magic user, a tank-like creature, and a bruiser seen in the trailer that has a wheel for the head. because it’s pretty cool,” according to Thompson.
He also details Harpies, flying creatures that can steal belongings from the player’s camp and even disguise themselves as cloaked old women to give the player a false sense of security. until they can get close.
We said earlier this year with Flynn about Nightingale’s BioWare origins and more on how it will handle things like player choices and world building, as well as its upbeat tone. Nightingale is gearing up for an early access beta later this year.
Rebekah Valentine is an IGN news reporter. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.
https://www.ign.com/articles/nightingale-explore-seemingly-endless-fae-realms Nightingale will allow players to explore a ‘seemingly endless’ number of worlds inhabited by Fae