Unreal Engine 5 is the "highest form of sorcery" says Nightingale's art director

Nightingale art director interview; people walk on a stormy beach, a shipwreck in the distance
(Image credit: Inflexion Games)

Recent game art and graphics tech has boasted about upping the realism to deliver more authentic worlds and digital doubles. We've seen impressive things made in Unreal Engine 5, and the race to create hyperrealistic game worlds has always been a Holy Grail of the industry. But it's not always the best option; there's still room for games like Nightingale, adventures that take players deep into creative, stylised worlds.

"Game art direction can be a curious beast," says Neil Thompson teasingly. The Nightingale art director tells me the team at Inflexion Games purposefully bucked the current tech-focused trends to instead create a game that ditches hyperrealism in favour of a stylised 'fantasy gaslamp' aesthetic.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.