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Styx: Master of Shadows releases on sale today through Steam


Styx: Master of Shadows – your new #infiltration game from +CyanideStudio – releases today! Meet our short and nimble protagonist and learn a little of his story, its location, and the characters you meet as you clamber up and around the Tower of Akenash, home to the life-tree. A #game with RPG elements developed for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. But it deserves much more than that, ideally we would like to see the title on Linux, and we are making the community aware of this amazing title. Even moreso, Styx is 20% off until October 13th through Steam ($23.99 USD) and could easily be priced at $49.99.

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Styx: Master of Shadows marks a unique entry into 2014’s global gaming catalogue, powered by Unreal Engine 3, with a very short and very green antagonist, and hardcore stealth gameplay designed to reward player skill and strategy. Its new mechanics bring the stealth genre not only back to its roots, but also brings a breath of fresh air to it. Vertical level design, organic player path finding and fluid movement, and the constant threat of being overpowered by the enemy makes Master of Shadows a tense and strategic stealth game like no other before it.

Styx is a Goblin two centuries old… the very first of all the Goblins, he’s a master in the arts of stealth, theft, and murder. The depths of the miles-high Tower of Akenash, where Humans and Elves hide and protect the Tree, the source of the Amber, are the best chance Styx has of quickly amassing a small fortune and, perhaps, discover more about his true origins along the way.

Battle your way to the top of the lofty Tower of Akenash through immense and vertiginous levels that highlight the vertical perspective. You will complete numerous missions with various objectives as you climb up – murder, information recovery, theft of precious artifacts, etc – and gradually reconstruct the puzzle that provides the key to the mystery of your origins. The levels are open and the objectives can be completed in various ways: you are therefore free to choose the best way to proceed and the most suitable strategy to employ to achieve and complete your mission objectives. But remember you’re a Goblin: if your target is twice your size, or more, you’re better off eliminating them silently. and in the back!

The premises of the Tower of Akenash are protected by many: Humans of course, but also Elves whose science of magic cannot be overlooked, huge Orcs who have been victims of (more or less) successful experiments, but also other, stranger creatures. Guards, soldiers and other protectors of the Tower will adapt their behavior dynamically, depending on your actions: you better keep a low profile and prepare your plan of action beforehand. Study the guard patrols closely, use areas of light and shadow to your advantage, lure your target to a secluded area to assassinate him silently, or arrange “accidents” to remain undetected!

Styx: Master of Shadows also includes game mechanics right out of RPG, so as you gain experience you will unlock new skills, special and impressive moves and new and lethal weapons in 6 talent trees! You will also acquire extraordinary powers from the Amber flowing from the Source Tree which will help you out of a tight spot, make you invisible to the eyes of your enemies and which you can use to generate “disposable” clones of yourself! Explore every inch of the levels and not only will you uncover clues about your past but also, and more importantly, valuable treasure that you can steal from under the noses and beards of the guards in the Tower of Akenash!

About Focus Home Interactive 
Founded in 1996, Focus Home Interactive is an independent French publisher based near Paris, France. Known for the quality, diversity and originality of its catalogue, Focus has published and distributed original titles that have become benchmark titles worldwide – such as Blood Bowl, the strategy games Wargame, Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway, Cities XL and also Cycling Manager and Farming Simulator.

About Cyanide Studio
Cyanide is an independent and privately held video game studio. Based in Paris, it was created in 2000 and has risen to become one of the most productive game development studios in France. Cyanide is best known for its Pro Cycling Manager series, but the studio also boasts games drawn from a wide variety of universes. Notable releases include Game of Thrones RPG as well as an adaptation of Games Workshop’s renowned board game, Blood Bowl. A sequel of the latter is currently in development while the release of the Styx: Master of Shadows stealth game is planned for autumn 2014.