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.