from ‘Dishonored’ to ‘Deathloop’, the raw video game

“It was love at first sight! “ Dinga Bakaba still remembers the moment he discovered dishonor, in 2010, during his first day of work at Arkane Lyon, which had just been taken over by the American Bethesda Softworks (Skyrim). The video game, co-developed by the French studio and its Texas branch in Austin, was just a draft. “He was visionary. I never wanted to get out of there again and thought, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to make this great.remember the game designer.

What immediately seduces you? The ability to dishonor to encourage the player to be creative, cunning, and improvise instead of rushing into the stack. In fact, you prefer experiences that are not offered as turnkey solutions to prefabricated concepts: “You emotionally appropriate a game when there is some intentional friction, it is like that”he explains. dishonor has multiplied the titles of “game of the year 2012”, feeding the shelves full of heterogeneous prizes in the entrance hall of the Arkane studio facilities, in Lyon, located in the La Confluence neighborhood.

This success has not only placed the company among the most exciting French studios in recent years, it has also given a new start to Dinga Bakaba, now head of Arkane Lyon after having produced a new flagship title, death loop (2021).

The entrance to Arkane Studio overlooks an entire wall of awards.  In Lyon, September 26, 2022.

faltering beginnings

At 42 years old, this adopted Lyonnais (born in Paris) does not hide the professional trial and error that preceded his arrival at Arkane. Installed on the large sofa in a room where shelves of consoles and games from yesterday and today are arranged, it dates back to the late 1990s. In high school, he struggled to find his place in the school system and stopped studying after graduating. . At that time he intensely practiced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art mixed with dance and singing, which led him to do extra jobs and participate in video clips. The sharp silhouette of him also indicates that he has not abandoned discipline; he dons the capoeira instructor outfit twice a week, in his spare time.

the tour ” incredible “ of his parents, two emigrants who fulfilled their professional dream, is then both a model and a burden for the young man. His mother, who came from Algeria, is a university student. She has taught philosophy, psychology and has long been engaged in African anthropology. His father is Ivorian actor, director, director and screenwriter Sidiki Bakaba, whose footsteps he briefly considered following. “Both sided with saying [à leurs enfants] :: “You will do what you want and you can follow your own path”. Oddly enough, it might have been a bit scary.”he says.

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