Howdy! My name is Tyler Noiles and I’m the lead artist on X-Men Destiny for the Nintendo DS. I secretly moonlight as a comic book artist, so it’s easy to see why a Marvel game had my full attention. I don’t think I can quite explain what an honour it is to have an Art Design document approved by Marvel and any new creations becoming part of the X-Men Universe. Our art team had access to the creative process of the other developers working on different projects and we were blown away by the care & quality. From the dramatic changes of our main character, Samuel Kamerhe, to the stunning boss designs by Silicon Knights, X-Men Destiny for the NDS was easily my favourite project to date.
I would say that the coolest parts of the game (for me) are the cut scenes. The incredible team at Activision asked me which Marvel artist I would like to work with…
Tears welled in my eyes. How could I choose…?
Well, to be honest, it was pretty easy. Based on his awesome pencil work from Spider-Man: Battle for New York, I knew Ron Lim would already have a good sense of the Nintendo pipeline and some of the technical limitations that come with handheld storytelling. It gave me real insight to the calibre of work that this guy can produce in an INCREDIBLY short period of time. I’d send Ron storyboards, he would send me final panels and I’d make the cut scenes come to life with after effects (and a tedious battle between available space and quality of video!). It was an absolute pleasure to work with someone as skilled (and just plain cool) as Mr. Lim.
Looking back (and replaying the game with cheats off), I would say that the coolest part of the game is the final boss. It was a standard fight until the team got together for the sole purpose of “Michael Bay-ing” the boss to create a truly excellent end to a wonderful game. I was pretty excited that the NDS version has an exclusive environment unavailable to the console versions, and it reads very well on the small screen. Overall, this experience has been great for Other Ocean Interactive and I sincerely hope to be this fortunate in the future to work with the talented individuals involved in this franchise again!