Developer Bloober Team has released a new video for psychological horror game The Medium outlining how its “Dual Reality” system works.
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Travel to an abandoned communist resort and use your unique psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits, and explore two realities at the same time.
The Medium is a third-person psychological horror game that features patented dual-reality gameplay and an original soundtrack co-composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski and Akira Yamaoka.
- Become a Medium – Wield unique psychic abilities reserved for those with the gift. Travel between the realities or explore them both at the very same time. Use the Out of Body experience to investigate places where your real-world self can’t go. Create energy shields and deliver powerful spirit blasts to survive the spirit world and its otherworldly dangers.
- See What’s Hidden – Delve deep into a mature and morally ambiguous story, where nothing is what it seems and everything has another side. As a medium you see, hear and experience more than others, and with every new perspective you will change your perception on what happened at the Niwa resort.
- Play in Two Worlds at the Same Time – Never-seen-before and officially patented gameplay that plays out across two worlds displayed at the same time. Explore the physical world and the spirit world simultaneously, and use the interactions between them to solve dual-reality puzzles, unlock new paths, and awaken memories of past events.
- Enter a Dark Reality Inspired by Beksinski – The Medium’s spirit world is a dark mirror reflection of our reality, a grim and unsettling place where our unpunished deeds, evil urges, and vile secrets manifest themselves and can take on a form. This world has been invented and designed under the inspiration of Zdzisław Beksinski’s paintings, Polish dystopian surrealist internationally recognized for his distinctive and strikingly ominous style.
- Music by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski – Immerse yourself in the disturbing and oppressive atmosphere of the game thanks to the original ‘dual’ soundtrack co-created by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski. Yamaoka-san is a legendary Japanese composer best known for his work on the Silent Hill series; Reikowski is a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominee who worked on such acclaimed horror games as Blair Witch, Layers of Fear, and Observer. Now they join their creative forces for the music and songs of The Medium.
Get the video and transcript below.
The first thing that you need to know is that as a Medium, you have the gift, or curse, to exist in two places at once. About two-thirds of your time in The Medium, you will spend being in one reality—either here, in our physical world, or in the spiritual one.
However, there will be moments when you will experience both realities at the same time. When her gift kicks in, you will be taken into both realities and you will experience both worlds simultaneously on the screen—just as you see it now.
You will have two separate worlds rendered in real-time—something that is now easier to achieve thanks to the new generation of consoles. And depending on the context or the situation, one world might take over more of the screen than the other.
You are in control of both of Marianne’s avatars using your left analog stick. Remember, her body is still in the physical world, while her spirit is somewhere else. Although you can control Marianne in both realities, some of her actions and powers only work in one of them. However, your actions in one world can influence the other, which lets you use your gifts to help both versions of Marianne to progress further.