Reliable sources (read: YouTube comments) have informed me that Styx, the goblin character from Of Orcs of Men who now has two solo stealth outings, has been quite the smartass since his first appearance. But watching the recent launch trailer for the upcoming Styx: Shards of Darkness, I was surprised at the number of quips as well as the tone of the trailer.
"They turned Styx into a Goblin Deadpool?" reads the first comment below the trailer. That's more or less my reaction.
Whether Goblin Deadpool is a good or bad thing, we'll have to wait for the full game to judge. In the meantime, we've got the trailer, with its mix of plot information and fourth wall breaking, to enjoy. The part about a sceptre and some power associated with it might be the most important bit, but you'll probably remember the Assassin's Creed joke and the hip hop music more.
I actually hope that the hip hop music will end up in the game, though it seems very unlikely. What you can expect from it is this:
"Styx’s latest adventure sees him making an unexpected deal with a mysterious human officer named Helledryn – and she’s got a job with far higher stakes than anything he’s tackled before. He must steal an ambassador’s scepter, which has attracted the interest of several nefarious (and goblin-hating) parties. As a reward for completing this dangerous mission, he’s promised a mountain of magical Amber, the source of Styx’s power and a substance he’s hopelessly addicted to. Of course, it’s not long until our green-skinned thief is stuck in a web of intrigue and assassination!
"Master the verticality and non-linearity of Styx: Shards of Darkness’ open environments with an array of tools and abilities. Struggling to bypass a heavily guarded entrance? Scout the path ahead using your amber vision, distract the guards with a controllable goblin clone, then emerge from temporary invisibility to stab them in the back! Styx will always have a wide range of dastardly creative methods for completing his objectives – and if you join a friend in the drop-in coop, you’ll discover even more ways to unleash chaos!"
Styx: Shards of Darkness will release on March 14 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, thus making its launch trailer yet another one in recent memory that was released some time before the game's launch.