E3 '07: Echochrome Trailer Impressions

We get our first look at Sony's new puzzle game for the PSP and PlayStation Network.

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At Sony's E3 07 press conference, during Phil Harrison's presentation on the PlayStation Network, a brand-new title was announced as both a PSN download and a PlayStation Portable retail title. The new game is called Echochrome, and is being developed by Sony's internal Japan studio.

The game itself is a puzzle title in the vein of something like Crush, in that you control a person throughout each puzzle. However, each stage is modeled after an MC Escher-style environment. Each area shown had a variety of dead-end spots, as well as portals your character could fall through, which would reset him back at the beginning of the level. However, by shifting the perspective of the camera, the landscape of the environment would completely change. Line up a dead end so that it connects with another portion of the level, and a bridge will be built allowing you to travel to the other side. If you rotate the camera so that a portal is blocked from view, it will effectively disappear, allowing you to move over it with no problem.

The short trailer displayed only a few different scenarios, but each seemed wholly unique and very cool. The trailer also showed the game's austere visual style. Every stage was backgrounded by pure white, and all the stages, as well as your character, were simply outlined in black. It's a stylish and attractive look, in spite of its simplicity.

We'll be sure to bring you more on this intriguing puzzler as it becomes available.

Discussion

23 comments
Alcotamaysees
Alcotamaysees

I think games like echochrome and littlebigplanet give me more reason to buy a PS3 than shooters like Haze and Killzone 2.

keratoos
keratoos

its very very nice game.

valcrist09
valcrist09

This game looks hella interesting to me.

TTDog
TTDog

Awesome, takes the number of PS3 games that interest me up to 2.

SM2099
SM2099

What is this game...? it kinda looks like Prey/Portal portable console version. Still looks very inovative... instead of pusing out the hardware... lets go back and give the players more substance then flash and have them play a game that stands out for its gameplay. It could work nicely.

SM2099
SM2099

What is this game...? it kinda looks like Prey/Portal portable console version. Still looks very inovative... instead of pusing out the hardware... lets go back and give the players more substance then flash and have them play a game that stands out for its gameplay. It could work nicely.

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

man...was i the only person hyped about this game? i know it looks simple but in a cool way and it looks fun to figure out. i can't wait for this one. it was a little gem i thought was a good addition. definitely going to be on my PSN download list.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

this is one of the most impressive games of the show, I am very very excited to see more!

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

this game looked so fun and innovative, i love surprise reveals... definitely getting this one.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

"This will sure show off my dead pixels," says my PSP.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Puzzles doesn't interest me a lot but the trailer does looks impressive

Chainblast
Chainblast

Along with the Epic announcement and Infamous this was the surprise of the press conference for me.

JSharpe_187
JSharpe_187

As much as I dislike $ony, this game looks really intuitive and interesting.

vix
vix

this is what I miss from e3 of yesteryear, games that are different.

m3ss
m3ss

This game looks amazing. I was really surprised by this "dumbed-down" graphics approach from Sony, but the gameplay looks stellar. It's like M.C. Echer's artwork come to life. I'm definitely keeping an eye out for this one.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'm sort of tired of all these puzzle games for the PSP but I'll watch this one.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

This is gonna be awesome; It's a freaking interactive illusion!

HXCDEW
HXCDEW

Looks a bit like Crush, which is a great game. I'm gonna keep an eye on this.

Zam_basic
Zam_basic

I looking forward for the PSP version.

vnhimself
vnhimself

Interesting. kinda original and new game play!. looks slick and sweet!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Its going to be different is all I have to say