Seven years after "Project Jane-J" was first announced, Gray Matter is finally so close we can taste it, thanks to a PC demo just released by German publisher dtp Entertainment. The 1.6GB download is available at the game's official website as well as mirrors including WorthPlaying. The demo is fully localized in German and English, and also features French, Italian, and Spanish subtitles.
After an opening cutscene that shows "ex-goth" street magician Samantha Everett's arrival at the ominious Dread Hill House and a brief tutorial, control switches to the game's second protagonist, neurologist David Styles, to showcase a portion of Chapter Three. Dr. Styles, who lost his wife Laura in a car accident three years earlier, is trying to make contact with her spirit via a series of memory experiments. In the demo, players must explore Dread Hill House to recover items that will evoke a vivid memory of Laura, all the while learning more about Gray Matter's key players and the larger mystery afoot.
Gray Matter is Jane Jensen's first adventure game since the acclaimed Gabriel Knight series concluded in 1999. The game released in Germany earlier this month. An English version is scheduled to launch in February 2011 for PC and Xbox 360.