A Plague Tale: Innocence. Looks very promising. Since this game is aiming for historical accuracy (fourteenth century Europe, during the time of the Black Plague), let's go all medieval on it. My comments here are based on the media released so far. Originally I was just going to make a few comments, but I became quite carried away; the TL;DR version is "Good effort, could be better". 1. Image two. Authentic Gothic architecture cathedral in the background. House at right shows historically accurate wattle and daub construction. House at left has wattle and daub on the first floor, but the walls of the ground floor are made from highly worked stone which is not accurate to the period in either construction method, quantity, or aesthetic. The lookout basement on the other hand, is ok. The soldier in the foreground is holding a fauchard of a design found in fourteenth century manuscripts. However, he's holding the fauchard in his right hand and a lantern in his left. This is completely impractical because he cannot possibly use the fauchard with one hand, and if he puts down the lantern he loses visibility. This is why night watchmen (and other night patrols), didn't wander around alone; if you have at least two people, one person can hold the light. He is using the lantern wrongly, holding it out in front of him as if it's a torch. In reality this is just going to destroy his night vision; he needs to hold it slightly behind his body, or beside or above his head, as seen in this fourteenth century manuscript. The lantern is also the wrong shape, being short and blocky with far too much glass; fourteenth century lanterns were typically long and thin, and had walls made of metal to reflect the light forwards and away from the eyes, so that the lantern could actually be used more like a torch, as seen here. In other screenshots (and in some gameplay video), guards hold lanterns correctly, on long poles, higher than their head. This would preserve their night vision. He is also armed with a single handed sword on his left side, meaning he is right handed, but of course he can't use the sword unless he drops the fauchard. Again, this is why he shouldn't be alone. The sword looks like a Type XVII (Oakeshott Typology), which is surprisingly accurate to the period. This image doesn't show us his armor very clearly, but from what we can see (and from what identical soldiers are wearing in other images), it's clear he's wearing a surcoat over mail, (which is historical to the period), supplemented by spaulders (also historically accurate, though the spaulder design isn't; more on that later). However, he's also wearing a sallet of the English-Burgundian style, which didn't appear until the middle of the next century. Additionally, he isn't wearing a bevor, which renders his sallet downright dangerous. The cart on the right hand side has a wooden spoked wheel, which is fine, but it isn't ironshod. It should have iron strakes fitted (iron plates along the rim), which were used to reduce wear. The heater shield shaped sign hanging from the building (top centre), seems to be hanging by only one chain, which is a little odd given it's hanging horizontally as if it is supported by two chains. I wonder if that's a graphical glitch. 2. Image three. Fantastic Gothic architecture, totally inaccurate lantern as described previously. 3. Image five. Much clearer image of what the soldiers are wearing. The fauchard in the right hand is fine, as are the Type XVII swords, and the surcoat over the mail. However, the English-Burgundian sallets are a century too early, and they're being worn with a mail aventail (which doesn't even seem to be fitted to the helm), instead of a pelerine and bevor. The gloves are probably leather, and definitely way over the top, far too long and bulky; they should be smaller, and made from steel, with an hourglass cuff. The couters on the elbows are horrible; it's clear they're not properly fitted to the elbow, and they actually stick out past the elbow on both ends. The spaulders are too complex for the period, and have protective ridges on them which typically aren't seen until the next century, often with Milanese armour. The swords seem to be a Type XVII (Oakeshott Typology), which is accurate to the period. In the video we see soldiers wielding their swords with one hand, which is accurate for a Type XVII and for the time period (the two handed sword did not become standard until the following century). The leg armor looks bulky and strange; the knee protection in particular. The windmill doesn't have any windows and maybe not even a door, which is unusual; they usually had at least one window (and a door), on the front. 4. Image six. Nothing new here, the fauchard is fine (though it's being used in one hand and oriented in a manner which is useless), the English-Burgundian sallet is unhistorical and being worn without a bevor, and the leg protection is weird. Use of the sling is completely historical however, and a good touch; the sling was a formidable projectile weapon during this period, and a slingstone had a higher velocity than an arrow. 5. Image eight. Nice to see an aqueduct in this image, you typically don't see them in medieval era video games, which is highly unhistorical. 6. Image nine. An accurately depicted trebuchet dominates the image. The girl's couters (elbow protection), are accurate, though the rondel looks too small (maybe it's just the angle). However she's standing next to the body of a man wearing that unhistorical English-Burgundian sallet (without a bevor, which is probably why he died). He is also wearing gauntlets which have the long tapered cuff of the German Gothic gauntlet of a century later, so this is unhistorical. The fourteenth century gauntlet had an hourglass cuff. In this image, and some of the other images, you can see corpses impaled on very thick wooden stakes. These stakes were placed in the ground at an angle to block cavalry charges, and it's difficult to imagine how a man wearing a mail shirt would become impaled on it, even if he fell off his horse, since the tips wouldn't be able to pierce the mail. Now for the video. 1. At 3:14 one of the children finds what is described as "an English shield". It shows (in heraldic terminology), "gules a lion rampant or" (a gold lion standing, facing to the left, on a field of red). This was very likely on the arms of Richard I, but that was in the twelfth century; by the fourteenth century the royal standard was "quartered azure semé de fleur-de-lys and gules three lions passant guardant" (scattered fleur-de-lys in the top left and bottom right corners on a field of blue, with three gold lions aligned vertically on a field of red, facing right, in the other corners). We see this shield again at a couple of other points in the video (including 14:48). The shield is a heater shield (a nineteenth century term), which is unusual since by the mid-fourteenth century this shield was almost never seen on the battlefield, having become replaced by more advanced armor. By contrast, in the video the heater shield appears frequently on the battlefield, which is unhistorical. 2. At 8:46 (and several times throughout the scene at the battlefield), we see a soldier wearing a kettle helm. This is accurate to the period, unlike the English-Burgundian sallet we see worn by some of the other soldiers. 3. At 9:36 we see a very large siege tower. It has many arrows stuck in the front, all the way down to the bottom of the tower. It's difficult to consider this accurate. Medieval depictions of siege towers in battle do not show them covered in arrows, most likely because the defenders know full well that firing arrows at a siege tower was a complete waste of time until its upper drawbridge was open and the troops were ready to emerge. Later we see the interior of the siege tower, and the ground floor is neatly kitted out with barrels of goods, piles of swords and fauchards, and even a writing desk with paper and books. This seems highly unusual. The siege tower was not a mobile office or storage facility. It was a highly utilitarian mobile war platform built in the last stages of a siege when the attackers had been unable to overcome the defenders using more effective methods, such as trebuchet bombardment and undermining. The siege tower is also equipped with internal lanterns, which also makes no sense since you did not use them at night. For some reason the siege tower is very far away from the castle, making it even more strange that it has been hit with multiple arrows; you don't waste good arrows on a closed siege tower which is so far away it's almost at the limits of your archer's effective aiming range. 4. At 10:25 we see several heater shields in the siege tower. The arms they bear are unusual; in heraldic terminology, "quartered argent and gules three lions passant guardant" (white field in the top left and bottom right corners, with three gold lions aligned vertically on a field of red, facing right, in the other corners). This was not the royal English arms of the era, and I haven't found an analogous coat of arms during this period. 5. At 14:48 we see an felled siege tower with several heater shields mounted on the wall inside (for no particular reason). As with some of the shields seen previously, these shields have a curious coat of arms; "gules a lion rampant or" (a gold lion standing, facing to the left, on a field of red). See my note 1.