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Gray Matter

Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Mamba Games (EU), dtp (US)
Release Date: Feb. 2011 (US), Feb. 25, 2011 (EU)

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'Gray Matter' (ALL) Gets Extravagant Soundtrack, Narrows Down Release Date

by Rainier on July 12, 2010 @ 8:47 a.m. PDT

Designed by Gabriel Knight 3's Jane Jensen, Gray Matter is an epic adventure game with a story that mixes eerie mysteries with supernatural events.

Jane Jensen is back: Gray Matter will be the first adventure by the famous genre author since the release of Gabriel Knight 3. Staying true to the Jensen-style, the story interweaves gruesome incidences and supernatural events.

Along with the music composed by Robert Holmes there will be a soundtrack that will make Gray Matter a unique experience from a tonal standpoint.

In order to create a fitting sound and music concept, author Jane Jensen, composer Robert Holmes and publisher dtp entertainment agreed on teaming up with Periscope Studio, a Germany-based sound company, who already worked on several high quality adventure game productions. The whole concept is based on Robert Holmes’ music compositions. Periscope recorded his compositions and additionally designed the game’s sound effects and background atmospheres. Every single asset has been designed to reflect the depth, emotions and mystery of Gray Matter.

Both Jane Jensen and Robert Holmes maintained control of the music and sound production. They kept in close contact with Periscope and set up a couple of guidelines. For example, the Gray Matter soundtrack is inspired by sci-fi movies of the 70’s, “This revealed a strong resemblance to the film score of Angelo Badalamenti, which is much more than just a coincidence: It perfectly fits the atmosphere and the story of the game. This music style separates Gray Matter from other adventure games. We didn’t focus on orchestral sounds, but consciously used atmospherically heavy synthesizers”, explains Finn Seliger, Periscope’s art director.

Periscope created 17 music tracks out of Robert Holmes’ compositions and songs of the independent band The Scarlet Furies that appear in the game. The band has been founded by Robert Holmes and are one of Jane Jensen’s favourites. The tracks created by Periscope are related to various gameplay situations.

Neuro-biologist Dr. David Styles is one of the main characters in the game: Ever since losing his wife in a terrible car accident many years ago, he has become a recluse, leaving his English mansion Dread Hill House only on rare occasions.

One day student and street artist Samantha Everett shows up on his door step unexpectedly, at a time Styles just happens to look for a new assistant. Sam gets the job. Coming from America, she has been travelling most of Europe for the last few years, so she can really use the money. Her first assignment involves finding six volunteers for an experiment planned by Styles at Oxford University.

The experiment begins harmless enough, but soon strange things start happening. Styles is visited by his beloved, but deceased wife. Now it is up to Sam to solve the mysteries of Dread Hill House.

In Gray Matter, the player takes control of Dr. David Styles as well as Samantha Everett as they are trying to unveil the secrets and find the truth.

Features:

  • New adventure game by Jane Jensen
  • Intuitive point & click interface
  • 3D characters in 2D environments
  • Two playable characters
  • Unique crime-mystery plot
  • Innovative puzzles

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