"It's a huge risk": exploring the Art Nouveau style of video game Songs of Silence

Songs of Silence interview; a male warrior painted in the art nouveau style
(Image credit: Chimera Entertainment)

I just love the art style being embraced for the upcoming video game Songs of Silence from developer Chimera Entertainment. It's not simply because the art team has adopted the aesthetic of Art Nouveau, one of the most influential art styles, but how it's being implemented; from the exceptional line art to vibrant colour palettes Songs of Silence feels like an Alphonse Mucha painting in motion, with a mediaeval fantasy spin.

It's a "risk" says art director Christian Dreher in my interview below, and one he describes as perhaps being "hit or miss" with gamers. Personally, I'm on board with Songs of Silence's art style because the team has fully embraced the aesthetic. More developers should take risks, it's how gaming evolves.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.