How Liberated set out to revolutionize comics through video games


Hello people! We are the team behind ReleasedWe’re so excited to finally join the Xbox community, and we’d like to tell you how we set out to revolutionize digital comics by creating… a game.

Released is something a little different: it’s half an action-adventure game and half a cyberpunk noir graphic novel..

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

Released it is vision: a proposal for a future in which comics become something more.

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Our thinking went something like this:

That last comic you read on your phone or tablet, what was that experience like? Was it a digital scan of the paperback original, twisted just to make it legible? The words and the art are all present, but the experience is somehow not complete: the touch, the scent, and the sparkle are missing. 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 to find answers and, as certified geeks, we simply had to look at our consoles.

We start to create a real digital comic: one written and developed exclusively for screens and interactions: a neat mix of video games and comics, a digital graphic novel so damn digital it couldn’t work any other way.

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A playable graphic novel. Where is the Beloved Form…

  • First: meticulously reconstructed and simulated (and we’ve gone to great lengths here, right down to the movement of your eyes as you scan each page, a very specific sheen to the paper, and that scratch you make with every turn).
  • Second: Enriched in every way possible, the hand-drawn art is brought to life with delicate animation; the mood and tone of each scene is brought to life with elaborate soundscapes, and perhaps most importantly…
  • Third: made up of you After all, it is an action adventure game! You’ll run through comic panels, break doors and crack codes, fight for survival and glory, and it may even come time to make a difficult and lasting decision.

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

Released: Enhanced Edition is available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, featuring the acclaimed game complete with gameplay and content enhancements, full English dub with immersive voice acting, and two DLC epilogue chapters. Thanks to Smart Delivery, gamers on Xbox Series X|S consoles can also look forward to further improvements, with increased resolution and performance (up to 1440p60 on Xbox Series S and 2160p60 on Xbox Series X) and faster load times. Pick it up today!

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Liberated is an action-adventure game that takes place through the pages of a comic book. Seamlessly blending hand-drawn graphic novel art with interactivity and side-scrolling action, it’s a revolutionary blend of video game and comic book. In this near-future dystopia, the eerily familiar always-online society gives way to total government control, all in the name of security. But in the midst of it all, an insurgent group known as “Liberados” emerges. Liberated: Enhanced Edition includes: – The acclaimed full game with gameplay and content enhancements – Full English dubbing with immersive voice acting – 2 epilogue chapters: “For the Motherland” and “Glory to Heroes”