Square Enix and developer PlatinumGames unveiled their new “games as a service” style action RPG, Babylon’s Fall, to a mostly divisive reception. The biggest criticism was directed against the game’s unique oil painting visuals, which made it difficult to follow much of the action or read text on-screen. They also had backlash over the game’s live-service approach. However, Platinum provided an update that will now tone down the visuals for crispier image quality. The game is still staying as a live service RPG.
Platinum took to social media yesterday to confirm that they were toning down the oil painting visuals from Babylon’s Fall, aiming to improve legibility while still keeping the catchy style intact. The oily visuals aren’t entirely gone, but they’re far clearer than what we’ve seen in the reveal trailers before. Platinum even provided a clip with the statement showcasing how the visuals have been touched up, and it looks marvellous now.
With a big thanks to our Sentinels support, the #BabylonsFall team have been working on updating the graphics to improve legibility while retaining the unique oil painting style! pic.twitter.com/s1AbHoLxhZ
— BABYLON’S FALL (@BabylonsFall_EN) October 6, 2021
Babylon’s Fall is unfamiliar territory for PlatinumGames as it not only boasts a wildly different art style than any of their trademark action games, it will also adopt the live-service model with a focus on co-op gameplay, upgrading your characters and making your way up a giant tower. It’s all typical RPG flare, but Platinum behind the project means it could deliver some spectacular combat. The game’s official description reads:
“Join a group of warriors bonded with special equipment called Gideon Coffins in an odyssey to overcome the titanic Tower of Babylon. Wield unique weapons in both hands, and use the power of the Gideon Coffin, allowing for combinations of up to four weapons at once. The capabilities of different equipment will also bring endless strategic variation to combat. Game visuals are achieved using a newly developed ‘brushwork style’ to create a unique fantasy setting with a medieval oil painting aesthetic. Play in co-op online multiplayer for up to 4 players. The game will feature a range of game modes post launch at no additional cost.”
Babylon’s Fall currently doesn’t have a release date, but it is set to release on PS4, PS5 and PC. You can sign up for the phase 3 beta by visiting the official site. The beta is set to kick off in November across PS4, PS5 and PC.
Source: Babylon’s Fall Twitter