December 18, 2008
A lonely Christmas in the Eternal
City: Jane Jensen publishes Christmas story from the Gray Matter universe
Samantha “Sam” Everett, the young
main character of Gray Matter, is having a lonely Christmas. Writer and game
designer Jane Jensen wrote her and all her fans a short story set in the
universe of the upcoming adventure game. “Twas the Night Before” –so the title–
is telling a story before the events of Gray Matter.
Sam has left everything behind to
travel the world as a street performer. Every day she amazes passers-by on the
Spanish Steps in Rome with her magic tricks. Though talented at cheering others,
she herself feels lonely. She belongs to those people who have to spend
Christmas without tree, candles and family.
In her short story, Jane Jensen
portrays what Sam is going through on that very Christmas Eve in the Eternal
City. She allows her readers to feel Sam’s pride and grief. This is among the
strongest points of Jensen’s storytelling that will distinguish Gray Matter as
“Twas the Night Before” can be found
in Jane Jensen’s blog on
Gray Matter will be the first new
title by the famous adventure author since the release of Gabriel Knight 3.
Staying true to the Jensen-style, the story interweaves gruesome incidences and
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 be looking for a new assistant. Sam gets the job. Originally from
America, she has been travelling Europe for the last few years, so she could
really use the money. Her first assignment involves finding six volunteers for
an experiment planned by Dr. 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
In Gray Matter, the player takes
control of Dr. David Styles as well as Samantha Everett as they are trying to
unveil secrets and find the truth.
dtp entertainment will release Gray
Matter worldwide in 2009.