Seemingly following The Sims 3's
lead yesterday, German publisher dtp entertainment today announced that their upcoming PC title Gray Matter
will also be hitting our console of choice (the Xbox 360, in case you were wondering) when it's released in Q4 2010.
For those of you unfamiliar with the title, the game is a point-and-click adventure game that's been in development since 2003, being written and designed by adventure game legend Jane Jensen.
Why should you care? Well, Jane Jensen was the brain behind the phenomenal PC adventure classic Gabriel Knight
series. For anyone who was a fan of those adventure/point-and-click games during their peak may be familiar with the series, specifically the first entry Sins of the Fathers
- a dark, gothic masterpiece with a genuinely powerful, mature story. Unlike most "mature" videogames, the Gabriel Knight
series wasn't all about blood and boobs, but rather dealt with sophisticated, dark moralistic themes (such as torture, suicide and dreams) and incredibly intelligent mysteries in a very innovative way.
Staying true to Jensen's style, Gray Matter
will have a deep story, interweaving gruesome incidents and supernatural events:
Neurobiologist Dr. David Styles is one of the main characters in the game. Ever since losing his wife in a terrible car accident many years ago, he has become a recluse, leaving his English mansion Dread Hill House only on rare occasions.
Vagabond and street artist Samantha Everett shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly, at a time when Styles just happens to be looking for a new assistant. Originally from America, she has been travelling Europe for the last few years, and is in desperate need of a job and place of refuge. Her first assignment involves finding six volunteers for an experiment planned by Dr. Styles at Oxford University.
The experiment begins harmlessly enough, but soon strange things start happening. Styles is visited by his beloved, but deceased wife. Now it is up to Sam to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.
The player will take control of both characters as they try and "unveil the secrets behind these mysterious events and try to find the truth." Which is a pretty vague way of saying the story will have a great mystery that they're keeping tightly under wraps.
The most recent trailers for the game are quite dated now, but they're still worth watching to admire the game's unique art style and plot summary. Check the external link below for the game's official website where you can do just that, as well as check out some screenshots and concept art for the game.
Personally, I've always been a big fan of point-and-click adventures, and am definitely excited for the possible resurgence coming, preceded by the recent success of XBLA titles like The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
and Sam & Max Save the World
, and really looking forward to a more sophisticated and adult take on the genre in this vain.