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Benoît Sokal

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Benoît Sokal (28 June 1954 – 28 May 2021) was a Belgian comic artist and game designer. After graduating from St. Luc School in Brussels at the age of 20, he took part in the comic strip boom of the 1980’s and participated in the success of a few magazines.

Eager to extend the horizons of his creativity, he adapted to computers. He was among the first to colorize his drawings with a computer. He discovered 3D graphics in 1996 and got involved in the Amerzone project. His publishing house Casterman and the French video games publisher Microïds supported him in this endeavor. Benoît Sokal was the first comic strip author to envision, carry out and supervise the production of a video game in its entirety.

In 2001, he returned to directing with Syberia, published and produced by Microïds. Benoît Sokal took part in all the stages of the game’s production - directing, graphics, and dialogues - this time in an international production, mainly carried out in Quebec by Microïds Canadian team.

He passed away on 28th May 2021 at the age of 66. The game Syberia: The World Before (2022) is dedicated to his memory.

Credited on 9 games

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Syberia: The World Before (2022, Windows) In memory of
Syberia 3 (2017, Windows) Author
Sinking Island (2007, Windows) Creator
Paradise (2006, Windows) Directed by
Knight's Apprentice: Memorick's Adventures (2004, Xbox) Art Director
Syberia II (2004, PlayStation 2) Author
War and Peace: 1796 - 1815 (2002, Windows) Artistic Manager
Syberia (2002, Windows) Author
Amerzone: The Explorer's Legacy (1999, PlayStation) Scenario

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