The name Nikopol, or even Enki Bilal, may not be well known outside of France, but that will change this summer when Got Game Entertainment publishes White Birds' Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals.
Bilal is a French graphic novelist who is perhaps most famous for his Nikopol trilogy and subsequent film, Immortal. The first game in a planned trilogy covering each book in the series, Secrets of the Immortals is White Birds' adaptation of The Carnival of the Immortals. Bilal himself is heavily involved in the game's development to ensure a faithful translation of his striking art style and unique vision.
The backdrop of Nikopol is a surreal and complex one, taking place in 2023 in a Paris "now ruled by a power-hungry dictator, a place where the fascist rich and the abandoned poor are separated by both a literal and figurative wall." A pyramid inhabited by Egyptian gods floats over the city as Nikopol discovers that his father, an astronaut thought frozen in space decades earlier, may still be alive. In an adventure filled with political intrigue, Nikopol begins a search for his father in the city's underground, only to find himself "caught between two worlds, one of anarchy and one of immortality."
Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals is currently targeting a release in August 2008. In the meantime, be sure to read the second part of our White Birds feature article for more information about the game.