Close  

Check out ‘The Blind Prophet’ game as a darker complement to Netflix’s ‘Warrior Nun’

/ 03:42 PM July 24, 2020
Warrior Nun

Artwork featuring “The Blind Prophet” lead character, apostle Bartholomeus. Image: courtesy of Baptiste Miny via AFP Relaxnews

As July Netflix hit “Warrior Nun” traces the history of a modern-day orphan back to divine intervention many centuries ago, the gothic-contemporary, noirish Windows PC adventure “The Blind Prophet” follows an undying 2000-year-old apostle on his journey to defend imperfect and corruptible humanity against demonic agents.

It’s rather more maturely-themed than Netflix counterpart “Warrior Nun”, but “The Blind Prophet” shares a good deal of overlap, not least thanks to an abundance of religious imagery and deep graphic novel associations.

ADVERTISEMENT

Though “The Blind Prophet” isn’t based on a comic book as “Warrior Nun” was, it’s rendered using very similar visual motifs.

We caught up with its game designer and art director, Baptiste Miny, prior to release earlier this year to talk about the project, its engaging architectural flavor, and the perspective of a cynical immortal hero who must defend humankind whatever the cost.

FEATURED STORIES

As a 2000-year-old demon hunter and a mystery-solving apostle, Bartholomeus finds himself wandering the streets of Rotburk.

The city is an amalgam of architectural styles that, once placed in such unusually close proximity, feel both novel and familiar.

In doing so, Miny intended “to catch the feeling of walking through any old European city, with its heritage old town, along with the growing modernity around it”.

Hence the influences of Paris’ grand Haussmannian terraces and Art Nouveau street furniture, as well as the traditional timber-framed construction of Alsace in the east of France and its border country Germany.

Similar to the continent’s historical cosmopolis, Rotburk is rooted in the past but not stuck there: a private 17th-century mansion becomes foundation for the glass and metal skyscraper towering above, topped by a golden pyramid; links between ancient and modern are core to the story’s thematic drive, as with Netflix’s Spain-set fantasy drama.

Where “Warrior Nun”‘s unlikely heroine found herself transformed by contact with a supernatural relic and faced with a choice between freedom and destiny, Bartholomeus had to sacrifice his life to save humanity.

“Our kind is always imperfect and often corruptible, but Bartholomeus must nevertheless find the reason to defend us whatever the cost,” Miny explained.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He might be jaded and cynical, but he also has faith for a better future and a slow spiritual elevation of the human race,” Miny said. “To nourish his faith, he has no choice but to be attentive to the positive and touching things that sometimes happen around him.”

“Instead of the classic duality of good and evil, ‘The Blind Prophet’ is a reflection on what is really worth fighting for, despite the abundance of reason to abandon.”

As fans of “Warrior Nun” await confirmation of a second season following its successful July debut, “The Blind Prophet” remains available for Windows PC through Steam, GOG, and Humble, with language options available for English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Italian players.

Select art prints are available from Miny’s ArtStation page. IB

RELATED STORIES:

What is ‘Yarntown’? A surprise mix of ‘Bloodborne’ and ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase lifts up ‘Cadence of Hyrule’, ‘Shin Megami Tensei’

TOPICS: gothic, noir, PC games, PC gaming, The Blind Prophet, Video games, Warrior Nun
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.