How Liberated Set out to Revolutionize Comics through Video Games

by John Stapel

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Hello folks! We’re the team behind Liberated , we’re very excited to finally join the Xbox community, and we’d like to tell you about how we set out to revolutionize digital comics by making… a game.

Liberated is something a little bit different – it’s about one-half action-adventure game and one-half noir cyberpunk graphic novel.

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It’s a comic book that you play like a game. Or a game that looks and feels like a comic. We’ve had that argument too many times. But we do agree on one thing:

Liberated is vision – a proposal for a future where comics become something more.

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Our thinking went something like this:

That last comic book that you read on your phone or your tablet, what was that experience like? Was it a digital scan of the paperback original, contorting just to make itself readable? The words and art all present, but the experience somehow un-whole – missing the touch, the scent, and the shimmer. The convenience was great, but did it fully make up for what was lost in translation?

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Can’t We Do More?

And so, we set out in search of answers, and as certified geeks we simply had to look to our consoles.

We began to create a true digital comic – one written and developed exclusively for screens and interactions: a sharp blend of video games and comics, a digital graphic novel so damn digital it couldn’t possibly work any other way.

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A Playable Graphic Novel. Where the Beloved Form is…

  • First: meticulously rebuilt and simulated (and we’ve gone to great lengths here, down to the very movement of your eyes scanning each page, a very specific shine of paper, and that scratchy scratch it makes with each turn).
  • Second: enriched in every possible way, hand-drawn art brought to life with delicate animation; the mood and tone of each scene made real with elaborate soundscapes, and perhaps most importantly…
  • Third: shaped by you. It’s an action-adventure game after all! You’ll sprint across comic book panels, you’ll crack doors and break codes, you’ll fight for survival and glory, and there may even come a time to make a hard, lasting decision.

So yeah, we can’t recreate every physical minutia of paperback comics – but at this point maybe we can give you a whole lot more.

Liberated: Enhanced Edition is now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S – featuring the acclaimed full game with enhancements in gameplay and content, full English voice-overs with immersive voice acting and two DLC epilogue chapters. Thanks to Smart Delivery, players on the Xbox Series X|S consoles can also expect additional enhancements, featuring resolution and performance boost (up to 1440p60 on Xbox Series S and 2160p60 on Xbox Series X) and faster loading times. Pick it up today!

Liberated: Enhanced Edition

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Liberated: Enhanced Edition

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Liberated is an action-adventure game that unfolds across the pages of a comic book. Seamlessly merging the art of hand-drawn graphic novels with interactivity and side-scrolling action, it’s a revolutionary combination of video games and comics. In this near-future dystopia, the eerily familiar always-online society gives way to complete government control—all in the name of safety. But in the midst of it all, an insurgent group known as “Liberated” rises. Liberated: Enhanced Edition includes: – The acclaimed full game with enhancements in gameplay and content – Full English voice-overs with immersive voice acting – 2 epilogue chapters: “For the Homeland" "Glory to the Heroes”