At the Games Convention in Leipzig, acclaimed game designer Jane Jensen presented her upcoming title, Gray Matter. For those not fortunate enough to attend, the following details were subsequently provided in a press release by the game's publisher, ANACONDA:
- The game's story mixes eerie mysteries with supernatural events in best Jensen-style. Neurobiologist Dr. David Styles is one of the game's central characters: since losing his wife in a horrible accident some several years ago, he has become a recluse, seldom leaving Dread Hill House, his English country estate.
When student and part-time street performer Samantha Everett shows up at his doorstep, she unexpectedly becomes his assistant. Hailing from America, she has been travelling through most of Europe the last couple years, making do by performing magic tricks on street corners, so this comes as a nice change of pace for her. But is the meeting of Sam and Styles really as coincidental as it seems?
Her first task: finding six test subjects at Oxford University for one of Styles' experiments. The experiment starts off innocently enough: the subjects are tasked with imagining different forms of physical exercise. But then inexplicable incidents start mounting -- and Styles receives visitations by his dear departed wife. Now it's up to Sam to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.
In Gray Matter, players control both Dr. David Styles as well as Samantha Everett in their bid to uncover the secrets and find out the truth. While Dr. Styles' research leads him into an investigation into the intricacies of the human mind, the player will have to tackle stage magic as Sam to solve puzzles. Gray Matter tackles questions concerning the nature of reality and the power of the mind in constructing the world we take for granted.
The development studio behind the game has also been revealed as Tonuzaba Entertainment, from Hungary. Hardly a household name, that will undoubtedly change between now and the game's projected release in the fourth quarter of 2007.