April 23, 2008
Demo Coming to PSN Soon
Sony has posted a new blog entry on the
PlayStation website that announces an upcoming demo for their PS3 and PSP
downloadable game echochrome. The full blog entry by Associate Producer Kumi
Yuasa can be read in its entirety below.
Feeling Puzzled? echochrome Demo Coming to PSN
Posted by Kumi Yuasa // Associate Producer,
Hello PlayStation.Blog Readers! My name is Kumi
Yuasa and I am the Associate Producer for the upcoming PSN game echochrome. This
is my first post on the blog, and I’m excited that my debut here on the blog is
to announce that free PS3 and PSP echochrome demos will be available for
download tomorrow on the PlayStation Store on the PS3. The PSP demo version will
also be available for download on the PlayStation Store for PC.
Perhaps you have read about echochrome here,
here, here or even here. There is a lot of excitement for it – N’Gai Croal of
Level Up even wrote, “…as of last E3, the 2008 game we’ve been looking forward
to the most is echochrome.”
It’s a fun and addictive puzzle game with really
elegant and simple graphics. The concept is inspired by the famous MC Escher
artwork, which explores infinity, architecture and impossible constructions. In
echochrome, you control the camera and perspective on an infinite canvas,
guiding a mannequin figure by carefully tilting and turning the level to create
a continual pathway, allowing your character to walk safely through the design.
Puzzled?!? Check out this video and you’ll see what I mean!
There is no single way to get through a level in
echochrome. You and your friends will find different ways to clear levels so
each time you play will be different.
The demos you can download tomorrow will take you
through a brief tutorial and give you the basic idea of how to progress through
the puzzles, but I wanted to also tell you what to expect when the final game is
available for download in May. In addition to the 56 exclusive levels for each
of the PS3 and PSP versions of echochrome (112 unique levels overall), you will
be able to create your own puzzles from scratch and share them with your
friends, or even the world!
On PS3, you can upload your created levels to the
developers through the game’s interface. Once uploaded, your creation will be
considered by the developers for a future downloadable content release. In other
words, if selected, people around the world could be playing your level!!
Additional content will be available from Day 1. Initially, however, these
levels will come from Japan or Asia since the game has been out there for a
while already. We’re not exactly sure when we’ll start including US players’
levels, but we’re excited and waiting for customized levels from all of you!!
You can also share the levels with your friends by sending your creations
directly to them over the PlayStation Network. Stumping your friends is REALLY
And for the PSP version, you can share the levels
you create with other people in your area via wireless Ad Hoc. Cool, right?!?
Well, there will be more to come on echochrome
soon, including some great wallpapers for your PS3 and PSP. But in the meantime,
be sure to download the free demos tomorrow and give them a whirl! And let us
know what you think!