Gray Matter First Impressions

We have the first details about the next adventure game series from award-winning writer and game designer, Jane Jensen.

LEIPZIG, Germany--If you were a fan of adventure games in the late '90s, you're undoubtedly familiar with Jane Jensen, creator of the award-winning Gabriel Knight series of games. After Gabriel Knight was put to rest in 1999, Jane moved on to write books and help design small puzzle games such as BeTrapped. But at the 2006 Leipzig Games Convention in Germany, publisher Anaconda announced the first title in what seems likely to become a series of new adventure games from the mind of Jane Jensen.

Gray Matter is a point-and-click adventure game with supernatural themes. Dr. David Styles is a neurobiologist and widower who has isolated himself from the rest of the world after the death of his wife. Eventually, Dr. Styles hires an assistant, street magician Samantha Everett. Rather than the cooking, cleaning, or bookkeeping duties of the average personal assistant, Samantha is charged with tasks like finding test subjects for Dr. Styles' experiments. Eventually, everything takes a dark turn, and Samantha has to figure out what's really going on in the home of Dr. Styles.

In the game, you alternate between controlling Dr. Styles and controlling Samantha. Each character has special abilities that are required to solve certain puzzles. For example, Samantha is a street magician, so she can use sleight of hand to solve puzzles.

According to the publisher, the visuals in Gray Matter consist of 3D characters against 2D backgrounds. One of the concept images shows a detailed and seemingly innocuous bedroom of Samantha. In another concept render, you can see a high level of detail in the facial structure and texturing of one of the male characters in the game.

At this point, not much is known about Gray Matter except for it being developed under the direction of Jane Jensen. For many longtime fans, that's more than enough cause to be excited about this title. When speaking to Jane, she told us that she has many ideas in store for this series, and when asked about how lengthy the series could get, she said, "The possibilities are endless." We'll bring you more details as they surface, so be sure to check this page often for updates.

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CountGrafOrlok
CountGrafOrlok

Ahhhhhh! I can't wait! This is really good news indeed... Made my day....for sure!

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

And check out Penny Arcade Adventure arcticle too - they are looking pretty sweet too, with Ron Gilbert onboard! :)

_Pedro_
_Pedro_

Great, i'm looking forward to this game

ThatEvilGuy
ThatEvilGuy

It's really about time that the industry starts getting an injection of more than just the vastly overdone sandbox games and a revival of the old school adventure genre, complete with excellent story, voice acting and atmosphere to go with it, might just put some much needed variety in the market. It doesn't hurt that this game is the brainchild of Gabriel Knight's Jane Jensen who, if her previous series is any indicator, should be able to pull out something extremely entertaining that stands the test of time. It's too bad that Roberta Williams' career as a game designer is behind her, the adventure genre needs as many stars as it can get.

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

This could be like Baldur's Gate. Games magazines said b4 BG was announced that 2D RPG's were dead as a doornail. Just like they say about any genre that is not supported. Because if a genre is not supported, the game publishers must be right. Because the media are always on thepublishers side. If this is as good as Ms Jenson has done before with Gabriel Knight, etc, then indeed we will find out if the adventure genre is truly dead, just like the media keep telling us, just like they kept telling us about 2D RPG's - before Baldur's Gate, that is. So we'll see and I will watch carefully, as a believer that if given a chance adventure gaming could florish, and with the technology we have today, well.......It could be so great for gamers and the gaming hobby! PS and I still dribble when I think of what text parsers could be by now, and how we could have totally immersive interactive novels by now with full english input and recognision!

Gandalf_Ringed
Gandalf_Ringed

Fantastic. Finally a adventure game to look forward too. :)

Ryvvn
Ryvvn

This is definitely good news to those of us still fiendishly devouring any adventure game scraps that come are way, at least this should be a tasty morsel.

Glazkrak
Glazkrak

This actually sounds pretty good. I can't wait to hear and see more about it.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

this is good. we need more adventure games

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

Yes! Jane, welcome back. Her Gabriel Knight stories were so great (atmosphere), and I also think, that she was a part of the King's Quest 6 team (the best KQ part imho). I hope, it will be a good adventure as most of today's P&Cs aren't my taste.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

Gabriel Knight series were among the best, this is indeed good news but why still use 2D backgrounds? GN3 had 3d ones and they weren't that bad.