As we approach the beginning of 2008, the long gestating video game Gray Matter will finally be making it’s appearance. Slated to be released in Q1 of ’08, Gray Matter is the first game by renowned adventure game writer Jane Jensen since finishing up on the Gabriel Knight series back in 1999. The game has been in developement for quite some time now. Originally set to be released through The Adventure Game Company, it was eventually dropped and picked up by German developers Anaconda Games who gives us this description:
Neurobiologist Dr. David Styles is one of the game’s central characters: since losing his wife in a horrible accident some several years ago, he has become a recluse, seldom leaving Dread Hill House, his English country estate. When student and part-time street performer Samantha Everett shows up at his doorstep, she unexpectedly becomes his assistant. Hailing from America, she has been travelling through most of Europe the last couple years. Her first task: finding six test subjects at Oxford University for one of Styles’ experiments. The experiment starts off innocently enough, but then inexplicable incidents start mounting. And Styles is visited by his dear departed wife. Now it’s up to Sam to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.
Much like the latter two Gabriel Knight games, the player controls both Styles and Samantha on and off between chapters. From the stills, the game looks to me like Jane Jensen is traveling into Roberta Williams’ territory of the classic mystery house theme (Phantasmagoria, Mystery House, The Colonel’s Bequest). I’m extremely excited for this. It’s been too long since a genuine, well written adventure game has arrived on the scene. More pictures after the jump.