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Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal #1248491
05/29/21 07:43 AM
05/29/21 07:43 AM
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Rest in Peace Benoit. Your games will live on.

Since 1998 - Amerzone, Syberia, Syberia II, Paradise, Sinking Island, Syberia 3. (and foreign games not released here) And sadly, the ones the stories that won't be told.

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Paris – May 29th 2021 – It’s with extreme sadness and heavy hearts that the Microids team must announce the death of Benoît Sokal, who passed on the 28th of May 2021 after battling a long-term illness.

Known first and foremost as a storyteller and talented comic book artist, Benoît contributed hugely to advancing the video game medium internationally, through a varied and prolific output over the past 25 years.

A true visionary and extremely talented artist, Benoît left an indelible mark on Microids’ history. He worked hard to share his vision with the world, starting in 1999 with his first title, Amerzone. His distinctive style made the various universes he built unforgettable for thousands of players worldwide, even earning him the position of Art Director at Microids for a time.

Benoît is also known and revered for creating the cult Syberia games. This was a series in which he brilliantly transposed his love for all things Eastern European, all encompassed in unique and singular adventures cherished and loved by a loyal army of fans.

The entire Microids team share the grief of his family and friends.

About Benoît Sokal
Benoît Sokal began drawing for À Suivre magazine in 1978. At this time, he created the Inspector Canardo series, featuring a depressed anthropomorphic duck detective with a penchant for cigarettes, alcohol and femmes fatales. In 1996, he started the video game project Amerzone, published by Microids. Benoît Sokal is one of the first graphic novel artists to design, implement and supervise the entire production of a video game. He then went on to become Microids’ Art Director, publishing his second game, Syberia, in 2002. He was recognized as “Person of the Year” at the 2002 video games Phenix Awards; Syberia was crowned “Best adventure game of the year” in 2002 in the USA. In April 2004, the release of Syberia 2 met the same success as the first episode of the saga and was greeted with enthusiasm by fans all over the world. With Syberia 3, Benoît Sokal chose to stick with the old-fashioned way of drawing with pencils and watercolors, rather than using digital tools, giving his universe and characters a very distinctive look. A multi-talented artist, he also crafted the beloved game story and the characters’ dialogue. During these last months, Benoît Sokal was working with the teams at Microids and Koalabs on the upcoming game Syberia: The World Before.

Despite his prolific career in video games, Benoît Sokal never let go of his original passion, and released the graphic novel Kraa in 2010. He also developed the Aquarica universe for several years with his friend François Schuiten. Together, they released the first graphic novel based on Aquarica in 2017.



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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248492
05/29/21 08:10 AM
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Very sad, he was a wonderful game maker. I have played and loved all of his games. May he Rest In Peace.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248496
05/29/21 09:06 AM
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The two Syberia games left a lasting impression on me. I am very sorry to hear this news. Thanks for letting us know, Ana.

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248497
05/29/21 09:12 AM
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Loved his games! RIP Benoit Sokal. Sending condolences to his family.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248501
05/29/21 09:58 AM
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This is very sad news. But he leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten. Rest in eternal peace, our friend.

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248502
05/29/21 10:17 AM
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What a great loss. RIP, Mr. Sokal.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248508
05/29/21 01:19 PM
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Such sad news, RIP. I love and have all his games. He will be missed.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248511
05/29/21 01:58 PM
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A one of a kind master of adventure gaming. I have always admired and cherished all of his games. RIP Benoît .

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248513
05/29/21 02:11 PM
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Well this is sad to read. I love his games and was hoping for more to come.

RIP and condolences to his family and friends!

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: oldbroad] #1248550
05/29/21 05:14 PM
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Such sad news sad

I'm sure many, many people will treasure the wonderful legacy he has left us.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248572
05/29/21 10:00 PM
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Such a great loss. RIP Mr. Sokal. frown

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248575
05/29/21 10:35 PM
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I've heard it yesterday, very sad news, RIP frown

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248637
05/30/21 01:50 PM
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Always sad news to lose an artist ... RIP Benoît Sokal angel


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248660
05/30/21 04:41 PM
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So sad. Gazing at the big box of Amerzone right now, so many fond memories of playing his games. Use to have a Springer Spaniel (Sara) who loved to sit on my lap and watch the screen with me as we were flying around the world of Amerzone. One of the very few games I played more than once. I still have Syberia 3 yet to play and looking forward to savoring it someday. RIP Benoît Sokal

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248682
05/31/21 03:04 AM
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Such a great loss but such a great legacy. RIP Mr Sokal and thank you.


RIP Benoit Sokal 28.6.54 to 28.5.2021
Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248701
05/31/21 10:14 AM
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Very sad news, rest in peace Mr. Sokal.


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Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1248969
06/03/21 07:30 PM
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He was such a great artist in every aspect, especially as a story teller. Rest in peace, Mr. Sokal.

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1249076
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Oh, no, that's so sad. Thank you for letting us know. His games are amazing. My thoughts are with his family.

Re: Rest in Peace Benoit Sokal [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1249528
06/12/21 03:53 PM
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It seems like just yesterday I played Syberia. It brings back fond memories of that period. The first thing that came to mind was ‘No need to go down there.’ Among so many other things, I think Benoit Sokal had a lot to do with the popularity of the term ‘steampunk’ as applied to games.

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