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Compulsion Games has just released some screens and a reveal trailer for Contrast, the Montreal-based studio's debut IP. The game, which the studio bills as “a surreal gaming experience with truths waiting to be unraveled,” mixes side-on 3D platforming and tricky shadow-puzzles – so while Compulsion readily admits the influence of titles like Braid, Ico and Portal, it's aiming to bring plenty of unique ideas to its flagship title.

Above: The title's debut material riffs on everything from Peter Pan to James Bond - here's looking forward to seeing more

The story revolves around a girl named Didi who enlists the services of a detective to investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding her mother's fate. 

“We're big on the power of mystery,” says founder Guillaume Provost: “We're also intrigued by the notions of dreams, thoughts and virtual data. Somewhere within the blending of those concepts lies our universe.” It's easy to imagine where such high-concept notions could slot into a title like Contrast, whose period setting should allow for plenty of clever ruminations on the notion of shadow-play. The studio doesn't anticipate being ready to release the game until late 2012 or early next year – but expect more glimpses of the title as they surface.

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4 comments

  • comaqi - March 6, 2012 8:50 a.m.

    Why I'm a PC Gamer~~~~
  • accidentprone88 - March 5, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    This looks amazing. Steam, please? Also, you guys reeeeeally need a better way of noting what platform a game will be on.
  • BladedFalcon - March 5, 2012 8:05 p.m.

    The aesthetic is pretty damn awesome and intriguing. Only thing that worries me is that the animations feel too poor and wonky >>; Regardless, this looks cool and interesting, definitely will keep an eye out for it.

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