Visually, film noir is recognized by its very high-contrast picture that is further enhaced by black and white film. Backbone visuals will include classic interplay of light and shadows, stark silhouttes illuminated by night city, smoke and fog overlapping with neon, mirror-like rainy streets. Thematically, we're saying no to the sexist and overused stereotypes like femme-fatale and seasoned alcoholic detectives lacking empathy. It's important for us to tell a stylized, yet modern story, so instead we'll focus on corruption, social decay, banditism, poverty, discrimination and other themes still very much present in our own society.
Blade Runner really can't be categorized into one genre too - it's a fascinating mixture of neo-noir, hardboiled, cyberpunk, and existentialism, and it has had great influence on every bit of media, gaming included. Backbone will feature the slow-burning suspense, existensial dilemmas, blurred lines between good and evil, moral ambiguity, and the question of what it means to be human in the world without humanity.