D&D Dark Alliance just revealed its grim, brutal art style which paints the world, monsters, and characters with heavy metal vibes.
D&D Dark Alliance is a co-op action RPG with a darker high-fantasy look than most of its contemporaries. It seems the reason for that is its inspiration, which is heavy metal. Now, I know that many won’t understand. How can an art style be influenced by music? Well, it’s simple in this case. Have you ever seen any album cover of heavy metal bands? Gritty, bloody, violent, gruesome, and extremely over the top. All the things that went into making Dark Alliance’s unique spin on the D&D high fantasy setting. You can see the heroes and monsters in action right here.
The enemies, their culture, history, was another factor inspired by heavy metal. Main monster factions have mission structures that fully explore everything from their culture, daily practices, and even architecture. For example, Stefan Leblanc went over his two favorite monster types: The Duergar and the Verbeeg. The Duergar are cousins of Dwarfs and are basically D&D’s violent biker gangs, but without the bikes. The Verbeeg are cunning, sadistic, and cruel hillbillies that wear the skin of their prey on their face, gather around campfires, and sing about their favorite meals; the dwarfs.
You can read more about Dark Alliance and how its art style got inspired by heavy metal on their official blogpost!
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