THE DETECTIVE CAT JUMPS TO THE VIDEO GAME

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A well-known gaming company adapts the famous series of graphic novels ‘Blacksad’ by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido to consoles and computers

The rhino bursts into the enraged office. His impeccable suit does not hide his mood: wild, like every injured animal. The cat, however, does not flinch. It is his daily bread; it takes much more for the whiskers of detective John Blacksad to shake. He only does his job, whatever the clientele asks: in this case, to demonstrate with photographic evidence the infidelities of a husband. Just the same guy who – paradoxes of life – sports a huge horn on his snout. Although the rhino also carries a lot of money in his pocket, to bury the case and save his marriage. The decision goes to the other side of the screen: accepting or rejecting the bribe depends on the user. And it will be only the first crossroads that it reserves, Under the Skin, a video game that adapts the full series of comics starring anthropomorphic animals and focused on crimes, racism and corruption in the New York of the fifties.

The list of awards accumulated by the graphic novel by José Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido is overwhelming. As examples, two Eisner, the recognition of the Angouleme festival in 2004 or the National Comic Award 2014, in addition to hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Now, the last tribute comes from other Spanish artists: to the five adventures published on paper by Norma Editorial, Pendulum Studios adds a sixth, which is lived on PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. “You have to approach with lead feet to a It works like this. We did it with the utmost respect. We read the comics first and looked at them. We have not left the lines of the characters, but at the same time it made no sense to try to capture it as it is in a different format, ”says Carlos Hernández, animation director of Pendulo Estudios, and authors of Runaway or Yesterday Origins.

Thus, in its plot and its atmospheres, Blacksad under the Skin declares unconditional love to the graphic novel. UBERMOSH: OMEGA Is Steam’s Daily Deal, Bringing Hardcore Arcade Score Grinding Back to Popularity, not for nothing, the main creative choices were agreed with the authors of the comic. “We put all the meat in the grill. It is a production 10 times larger than Yesterday Origins,”says Hernández. Together with him, about twenty creators worked on the work.

The dynamics, however, radically mutate: from reading an adventure on a sofa to living it from the command post. The player moves John Blacksad through a score of scenarios and about 10 hours, to investigate, analyze clues, dodge bullets and solve a case that mixes boxing, blood and mystery. Meanwhile, the decisions made influence and mark the way to one of the six available endings. Its creators define it as “an interactive drama.” You can remember The Walking Dead from TellTale, or Detroit: Become Human

Of course, in its version for PlayStation 4, Blacksad suffered in its first weeks a series of technical failures that greatly complicate its enjoyment and have ballasted its reviews. And that its launch was postponed from September to November. Hernandez regrets and promises that the problems are in the process of being fixed. But the case, for now, remains open: not even Detective John Blacksad has been able to solve it

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