Hello everyone, I’m Sébastien Renard, lead writer on A Plague Tale: Requiem. Three years after the first title in the series: A Plague Tale: Innocence, we thought it would be a good time to take a look at the evolution of our main characters. In the upcoming sequel, Requiem, Amicia, and Hugo de Rune find themselves at a turning point in their lives.
How have Amicia and Hugo changed since Innocence?
The brother-sister relationship was central to Innocence. Amicia and Hugo did not know each other well at the beginning of the game, and along with their survival, their complicated but blossoming affection for each other was at stake. They both try to find her place, and Amicia becomes increasingly protective of her brother.
The game ends this existing relationship for the next chapter to play out. The idea for the sequel was to keep these themes alive while introducing new ones, each with its own set of conflicts and emotions.
Requiem introduces a more mature Amicia. She has come to terms with her introverted self and has become more playful and eager to bond with her brother. Our heroes now ask for deeper treatment, and this will bring about situations of a new kind. Her internal frailties will be her next challenge.
threatened by themselves
Hugo’s powers are developing – he will fight to keep them in check and sometimes they will overthrow him. Although they will be keys to escape from dangerous situations, the young man must resist the risk of giving in to his powers.
On Amicia’s side, her fighting skills honed in Innocence will backfire on her. He will have no choice but to take on this role that only she can take on, but he will have to face the traumatic emotions that come with it.
Our characters are not superhuman, and our two protagonists will pay the price of becoming a hero. Fortunately, they will get help along the way. Unlike the band of fellow misfortunes that Amicia and Hugo formed in the first game, Requiem will introduce new characters, more confident and experienced adults, who will guide the two brothers through their personal struggles.
Illusory paradise and dangerous encounters
Our heroes will face their internal conflicts along with the external ones. To begin with, they will discover a new part of France, Provence, which will offer them new sights and sensations, making them believe in a kind of paradise. Unfortunately, the harsh medieval reality inevitably catches up with them, and their hopes are dashed before they can get too comfortable.
The roads of Provence are unpredictable and danger is everywhere: gangs of mercenaries, ambushes and the always ruthless nature of its time, to which the simple villagers make no exception. Let’s not forget the rats and the bite, another trauma they will have to deal with as the world collapses around them. The plague follows them tragically.
Advancing from Innocence: showing initiative
It’s clear that their biggest difficulties are related to Hugo’s powers, and they will finally realize what that means.
In the very process, they begin to take the initiative in action. In Innocence, Amicia and Hugo had a passive role in how events unfold: with the Inquisition on their tail, they can only react to attacks.
When Requiem begins, no one is looking for the Runes. This allows them to go and meet adversity head-on. The whispers of an island linked to Hugo’s destiny will make them move to more unexpected territories. Amicia and Hugo will be forced to act on the edge of morality, and their friends of yesterday could be their enemies of tomorrow…
A Plague Tale: Requiem launches October 18, 2022 on PlayStation 5. We can’t wait for you to finally reunite with Amicia and Hugo!