Gaming Today Exclusive: The Art of Clive Barker’s Jericho

Jericho Art - Behemoth Full

We’ve all been watching as Clive Barker’s Jericho hit stores recently (It’s on Gametap as well). After all, there’s never anything wrong with a quality, horror-based shooter, especially one that bears the legendary name of Clive Barker. But what makes a horror story great? It’s the monsters, of course!

Now, courtesy of the folks over at Codemasters, we’re going to bring you some exclusive artwork showing off the monsters you’ll encounter in Jericho. Not only that, but we’ve included a short Q&A session with Lead Designer Joe Falke. Find out what it’s like working with the visions of Clive Barker firsthand.

You can find more images, and the complete interview after the break.

Gaming Today: What was the aim with the art direction in Jericho?

Joe Falke: First it was really to take inspiration from Clive’s previous body of work, incorporate his specific ideas and sketches, and then work those up. Clive wanted all the monsters in the game to have a self altered look. The environments needed to reflect a parallel dimension and to avoid all the typical time travelling clichés.

But obviously on a project of this size, it goes much further. Visuals are vital in creating a truly atmospheric next-generation horror game. We aimed to create a dark, almost surreal atmosphere in the game. We used desaturated and subtle colours to give a sense of bleakness to the environment and enhance the supernatural and gore elements in the game. We wanted Al-Khali to have a harsh, hyper-realistic and ethereal feel to it, so it would be an oppressive, and of course evil, other world.

Jericho Art Arnold LeachGT: Can you describe what is what like working with Clive barker’s visions?

JF: Disturbing at first, but then they grow on you as they take on a life of their own. He invests a lot of stock not only in the heroes, but in the villains. Each one must have a motivation and impetus besides just being “bad” after all, they were once people too!
There are very different time-periods in Al-Khali – how did you go about picking the theme for the art style for each one?

On a practical level we did a lot of research into the architecture of Middle-Eastern cities and how that architecture has changed over time, so we could take the most interesting aspects of those buildings to give our locations a sense of exaggerated realism. With the WW2 time slice, we took a ruined beauty approach, in that it shares an architecture style with our modern Al-Khali, but with even much more destruction. The destruction comes from the war itself and also because of the Nazi occupation and excavations. During the Crusader time slice, we included many domes and Arabic towers, and reflected the industry of the warped crusaders who inhabit this place – we have a lot of big, aggressive structures built directly on old walls and buildings. The Roman period takes on many of the features of classic architecture, like the pillars, vaults and arches but it’s unrefined, and edgier. Governor Vicus ran Al-Khali as a temple to his perverse personal vision of pleasure so the time slice represents a grotesque grandeur – helped by the sinister blood-soaked halls! The Sumerians time slice features the most pristine sections of the game, as this is where it all began.

Jericho Art DelgadoGT: How do you go about creating some of the monsters you come across? How do you start? What sort of influences go into them?

JF: The monsters really sprang from Clive’s Mind. He passed us a lot of sketches with background information on each monster and boss which we worked to. We really wanted a realistic, visceral feel to our enemies, and with the power of next-generation consoles and PC technology, we were able to invest heavily in the visuals. So while we’re confident you won’t have seen any of the monsters before, many of them fuse ‘real life’ aspects into their bodies and many of the bodily details and textures came from a range of (often extremely gory) source material. We used a lot of photos of some pretty sick (but legal!) stuff and used a lot of horror films too. The project is very close to Clive, and he had ultimate sign off on the project, so if our realised monsters didn’t live up to his expectations, they wouldn’t go in the game. The results, we think, are spectacular and unique, and help make Jericho a unique looking shooter.

First off, thanks to the folks at Codemasters for these…disturbing…images, and thanks to Joe for taking the time to chat with us. Don’t forget to peek at the concept art at the bottom of this post.

If you still haven’t tried out Jericho, you can pick up the demo right here.

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9 Comments on Gaming Today Exclusive: The Art of Clive Barker’s Jericho

weclock

On November 3, 2007 at 4:31 pm

It’s not really horror so much as shocker.

Brad

On November 4, 2007 at 4:47 am

Great visuals. Pity about the gameplay.

Arnold Leach

On April 4, 2008 at 7:03 pm

:twisted: is very good

Arnold Leach

On April 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: i have got the game “Clive Barker’s Jericho”

Arnold Leach

On April 4, 2008 at 7:10 pm

yo soy de uruguay Clive Barker es un maestro de lo terrorifico,su imaginacion es genial!!!,yo soy morboso me gusta lo sadico.

anthony

On June 24, 2008 at 10:40 am

:shock: wow what a cool game where did the Idea of Hanne lichthammer come from
in clives mind

Ruman

On July 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I liked the game but the ending was very disappointing. They should have shown what had become of Ross and Leach.

Steph

On October 19, 2010 at 1:04 am

I think so,
the end was disappointing, as if they had no more to do. Quite simple, but I think it good not to know what happens next.
Anyway, the game was very exciting!

Johnny Tan

On September 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

The Environment, the characters and monsters design are just impressive.
Well… I didn’t expect the game just ends like that.
But overall, this game is just totally bad ass!