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Studio Revolution

Publisher Microids and developer Studio Revolution have come out with a first developer diary for Beyond a Steel Sky that focuses on the game’s art.

In the video, art directors Dave Gibbons and Sucha Singh detail the artistic intent and process. The team set to incorporate a comic book look, and to achieve this, Revolution wrote a custom cel-shading tool known as ToonToy. This emulates Gibbons’ hand-drawn comic book style in real time. Along with achieving an aesthetic objective, the look helps focus the eye on key, important background objects that are important for gameplay.