Art director at Arkane Sebastien Mitton used X (formerly known as Twitter) to share some brand-new concept art for the just-announced video game, Blade. It appears that Arkane is recruiting for the game’s development, which could indicate that the project is still in its early stages of development.
Nevertheless, it appears from the concept art that stealth may be a key factor in the game. After all, Blade is tough but it seems nearly all of Paris has been overrun by vampires.
After the game’s announcement at The Game Awards, a press statement stated that Blade will be “a single-player, third-person, narratively-driven action title.”
Also per the press release, the game is confirmed to take place in Paris, where a section of the city has been placed under a military blockade due to vampires taking over. The residents trapped inside are not allowed to leave and outsiders can not enter.
When the sun goes down, the remaining humans inside the area lock their doors as vampires take over the city streets. It seems the only hope for the normal residents inside the quarantine is Blade.
“In honor of Blade’s 50th anniversary, we have found the perfect match for the Daywalker in Arkane Lyon, a studio of uncompromising artists who continually push the boundaries of game design and innovation,” said Bill Rosemann, VP and Creative Director of Marvel Games via Press Release.
Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Lyon added, “As a kid of mixed origins, I felt a special connection to Blade – a hero with a dual heritage himself. The opportunity to put our spin on this character is a dream of mine and a challenge that our team embraces with a passion. We couldn’t be happier to put players in Blade’s boots, as he becomes the champion of my hometown of Paris, one stake at a time.”
Sebastien Mitton, Co-Creative and Art Director, Arkane Lyon also chimed in, “From his trench coat to his iconic sunglasses, Blade is a slick, stylish, and driven character. This project is the perfect opportunity to push Arkane’s art style into an even more modern and bold territory. The essence of our work lives at the junction of impactful ideas and innovative know-how.“
About Marvel’s Blade
In Marvel’s Blade, Eric Brooks is the legendary Daywalker, half-man, half-vampire torn between the warm society of the living and the rushing power of the undead. From Bethesda and Arkane Lyon, the studio that brought you Dishonored and “DEATHLOOP”, Marvel’s Blade is a mature, single-player, third-person game set in the heart of Paris, now in development in collaboration with Marvel Games.
Marvel’s Blade game will take players to a quarantined section of Paris in the middle of a supernatural emergency. Vampires have emerged, terrorizing the city of lights and forcing Parisians to shelter inside their homes at night to wait for sunrise.