Atmospheric stealth adventure Calvino Noir hits PS4 on 26th August

Meet the talent behind the impressive side-scroller

Hello again everyone! It’s Dan, Harry and Josh from Calvino Noir. Last time we were on PlayStation Blog we chatted about the game releasing on PS4 and the characters. We’re back to talk about the voice acting that brings Wilt, Siska and Arno to life AND to announce the official release date on PS4!

We just wrapped up the final session of voice recording at SIDE studios. We recorded professional actors in their studio in London, and the process was fascinating. Anthony Howell (Wilt), Wolf Kahler (Arno, Bartender) and John Bowe (Narrator) were finishing their lines up over three days of voice acting. With the previous sessions that we’d done, that adds up to around 29 hours of recording sessions! We are lucky to be working with Anthony Howell (Dragon Age: Inquisition), and Wolf Kahler (Colonel Dietrich, Raiders of the Lost Ark).


While you are moving around in Calvino Noir’s levels, the characters that you control will have conversations. This is where most of our narrative happens. Sneaking into a secure location to grab secret documents creates discussions. They talk about what the implications of what is happening, how it relates to the other things you’ve found, and builds the lore of our 1930s noir world.

Getting the balance of telling people what they need to know and exploring the relationships of the characters is challenging, but our writer Dr Dejan Levi built our 12,000 word narrative around his own mix of classical noir and more recent cultural influences. Our editor, neo-noir author Craig Clevenger made a final pass. In true film noir fashion we have a poetic narrator describing the details of the scenes around you.


The game takes a zoomed out view of the buildings you’re in to show off the dramatic architecture we’ve worked on but to fill in those small details, the charming voice of John Bowe describes the surroundings. The sounds, smells and feel of these moments in time reflect the state of the story and are something we couldn’t describe any other way. There have been a lot of games that use large amounts of text to tell stories and they’ve been great. It’s nice to invent a character’s voice in your own head but that can be a vague representation of what they’re feeling in the moment. Our talented actors make an impression with their emotional performances.

We are excited to see our film noir story come to life when it releases on 26th August on PS4! Check us out on Twitter, Facebook and our website for updates and more info!


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Interesting… What languages are included?

Very intrigued indeed! Any chance of this coming to the Vita? This looks like a real fit for the little screen.

EquilibriumStone 14 August, 2015 @ 04:37

Looks epic for me ;)

I didn’t expect this when i clicked… but this game looks fascinating, i am really interested now.

Looks awesome. I can’t wait to buy it!

ImmovableTonyG1 14 August, 2015 @ 14:26

This looks awesome, reminds me of Shadow Complex a bit on Xbox 360 (loved that game). Thank you for bringing it to PS4! Any indication on price and PS Plus discount?

This looks amazing! Love atmosphere focused games.

Well you’ve sold me.

Not only does it look mighty fine, but you’ve chosen some talented actors for the voicing. I’ll be thinking of Foyle’s War when I’m playing!

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