At a press event near Oxford yesterday, German publisher dtp entertainment officially announced that Gray Matter will be released for the Xbox 360 as well as PC.
The presentation took place at a hotel that looked like the kind of old-fashioned English location you'd expect to see in Jane Jensen’s long-awaited new adventure. At the event, the game was demonstrated in action on both platforms. Most of the content shown was from the first part of the game, which still isn't the finished product but provided a reasonable representation of what the final game should look like, as seen in the large batch of screenshots just released. [Note: Since time of writing, an even newer collection of hi-res images has been released. Check out the image gallery to view them all.]
Though the bulk of the game is a traditional point-and-click adventure, we also saw some of the other elements in action, such as the magic interface which presents a series of instructions to follow from Samantha Everett's magic book. The challenge is to find the right trick and use it to distract or take items from other characters. Each one corresponds to a diagram of Sam, where objects must be dropped in correct order onto hotspots such as her hands or up her sleeves. Once the trick is complete you can then perform it, which will fool your audience if done correctly.
The Xbox 360 release will essentially be the same as PC version, although naturally the control system has been adapted. The player moves Sam using the analogue control stick, and hotspots are highlighted when she is near one, eliminating the need for any pixel hunting.
The ever-slipping release date for Gray Matter is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010. In the meantime, be sure to drop by the newly-redesigned official website.