Quantum Conundrum puzzling PC, PS3, 360

Square Enix and Airtight Games bringing Portal lead Kim Swift's first-person platform puzzle game to XBLA, PSN, Steam early next year.

Earlier this week, Square Enix teased a Penny Arcade Expo unveiling for the latest project from Portal lead developer Kim Swift and Airtight Games. While the show doesn't kick off until tomorrow, the publisher dropped the first details to GameSpot today.

A friendly face in the wall will vomit up all the cartoon safes players need.

Set for downloadable release on the PC (via Steam), PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 next year, Quantum Conundrum is a first-person puzzle platformer. In the game, players will play as the 12-year-old nephew of an eccentric professor who has gone missing. As they explore the absent academic's mansion, players will use an interdimensional shift device to bend some of the basic rules of reality and progress through rooms.

For example, by entering the "fluffy dimension," players will make objects in the room light, allowing them to push around once-immovable objects to clear a path forward. There will also be a dimension that slows down time, one that reverses gravity, and a fourth that has not yet been detailed.

Beyond Portal, Swift has previously worked on Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2. Airtight Games is best known for Capcom's jetpack-powered third-person shooter Dark Void.

The Square Enix-Airtight panel is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the Pegasus Room at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The Penny Arcade Expo, also commonly known as PAX Prime, will run August 26 through August 28. Although the show is generally open to the public, badges to attend the show sold out in May.

For more on Quantum Conundrum, check out GameSpot's first look at the title.

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31 comments
Carlos161
Carlos161

It's a strange game but Portal developer? I'm definitely in

SPBoss
SPBoss

looks.. unique to say the least

egres122
egres122

Companion cube>safe looking thing

vadicta
vadicta

I really enjoy these games, so I'm in :)

franzito
franzito

Title is weird but it seems promising!

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

Take Glados away from Portal you're left with a decent game but nothing great. If they can manage to put some humor and entertainment in this one though call me up

selbie
selbie

There can never be enough puzzle adventure games ^___^

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

This looks great. Looking forward to seeing more of it.

Ly_neku_ly
Ly_neku_ly

it looks like portal without the portal gun

S2333
S2333

Looks really cool.

Exploding8
Exploding8

*skips to video* Oooh, I spy source engine! :D *reads articles title* Oh, that explains it

mattg90520
mattg90520

@Cwagmire21 I agree. Who wants to play the same games yearly with some new guns and different locations? I want new experiences. Thats why I picked up games like LA Noire and Deus Ex this year over games like the new CoD.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@Deathstream You're entitled to your opinion, but I'd give titles like the latest CoD iterations the label of "overrated." OT: This game looks like so much fun and I cannot wait!

delusional696
delusional696

First I have heard of this. I want it already.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

i didn't even read it yet, but so gonna buy it once I heard who is behind it.

deathstream
deathstream

Sounds better than the overrated Portal 2. Definitely on my radar now.

ggregd
ggregd

Read for comprehension. Kim Swift designed Portal. Saying this is a Portal ripoff is like saying Deus Ex is a System Shock ripoff, Command & Conquer is a Dune II ripoff or Alpha Centari is a Civilization ripoff. It's expanding on the same concepts in the 3D physics based puzzle game.

kingthug18
kingthug18

This is from the person who created portal. If anything shes copying herself.

RadView
RadView

Portal without Port-holes, safe cubes instead of heart cubes...

CrossFire312
CrossFire312

So... instead of storage cubes, we are going to use safes? This looks a little too easy.

tgchan
tgchan

portal wannabe much?

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

This sounds like Portal on steroids. I'm definitely excited.

Toplinkar
Toplinkar

A new puzzle game is alwyas welcome. PAX just got interesting.

metaltorn
metaltorn

this is too much like portal

Echofoxz
Echofoxz

There's definitely a hint of Portal inspiration in Quantum Conundrum. I'm very interested.