Rain GDC gameplay video, screenshots

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After seven months of silence, Sony has revealed new details, gameplay, and screenshots for its SCE Japan Studio-developed PlayStation Network game Rain.

Rain is actually a PlayStation C.A.M.P. title. This is a development talent search program run by Sony for Japanese residents. Tokyo Jungle and Trash Panic were direct results of the program.

The game follows the story of a boy chasing after a girl with an invisible silhouette. Upon discovering she is being hunted by ghostly creatures, the boy ventures into the world of Rain only to become invisible himself. As the boy, whose silhouette can only be seen in the rain, players must use their ability to appear and disappear under cover to navigate through the unknown.

“Just like in the real world, what can be seen isn’t everything and using imagination is the only way to reveal the truth,” Sony Computer Entertainment America associate producer Dais Kawaguchi said on the PlayStation Blog.

“Throughout the game you will be challenged to think ahead and plan your movements to advance. For example, when you direct the boy underneath cover, he will disappear from enemy view, or to draw enemies away from your path you may need step into the rain to become visible or can pick up items to taunt them.

“The world of rain is full of ‘uncertainty’, and as you play through the boy will experience both a sense of fear and excitement as he explores the unknown world. Told through an artistic approach to narration, Rain’s expressive sounds, those of rainfall and splashing water, combined with this otherworldly tale is designed to awaken the sense of uncertainty and solitude inherent in every player as well.”

A release date for Rain has not been set. Sony promises it will share more new details at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week.

Watch the new gameplay video below. View the new screenshots at the gallery.

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