The Golden Compass

In addition to being an integral part of the story, Daemons could potentially offer up a vast array of possiblities in terms of gameplay. As a person grows to adulthood their Daemon eventually assumes a single refined form, but Daemons of pre-adolescents can change with dynamic variety, potentially as drastic as a prepubescent mood swing. Following the in-game demo, we saw production footage of the painstaking steps the developers are taking in order to capture the behavior of animals of all sorts, from monkeys to ferrets - even butterflies.

It should also be noted that special care is being taken to scan in-game models from every detail of the upcoming movie, down to the minutest costume or prop. And what would a Golden Compass game be without the inclusion of the titular device: the alethiometer. An ambiguous truth-telling guide that relies heavily on the intuition of the user, players can wield it as a means to revealing special items, bonuses and power-ups. From what we were told, mastery of the alethiometer will give players an inside edge, just as in the story, although it shouldn't be all together vital to completion of in-game missions.

For some reason, Sega wouldn't confirm anything as to the extent of cast participation, but given the level of detail in the translation it's a safe bet we'll see a version Lyra's estranged father, as played by Neo-Bond Daniel Craig, in addition to a gorgeous rendering of Nicole Kidman's Mrs. Coulter. We should have more details, images and trailers coming at you in the near future, so check back with us in the coming weeks.


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