It's Christmas in July for gamers, as the video game industry holds the annual E3 Media and Business Summit this week in Los Angeles. Developers showcase and promote their latest releases to retailers and gaming media at the tradeshow, as well as announce upcoming games still in the production pipeline, an event that's become wildly successful at building buzz in this growing universe of entertainment culture. One new title drawing attention is Singularity, the latest big game that can call Madison its birthplace.
The game publisher Activision announced the title at its E3 press conference on Tuesday, listing its upcoming games slate along with several others still in development. While most of these are sequels or adaptation of upcoming Hollywood movie productions, Singularity is novel and described as "a first person action game, based on an all-new wholly owned intellectual property." It's being developed by the Raven Software, the Middleton-based studio that boasts a long list of successes in the last decade-and-a-half, including Heretic, X-Men Legends, Quake 4, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, not to mention the highly anticipated reboot of Wolfenstein for seventh generation systems.
Like many of these previous games developed by Raven, this new title is a first-person shooter in a sci-fi setting. Activision hasn't announced much in the way of details, other than that the story has something to do with time travel, but it did release a teaser trailer that provided a brief look at its setting.
The trailer shows a rapid succession of game clips showing electrical currents arcing and the rapid transformation of matter both inside a ship and around the surrounding naval yards, imagery evocative of the conspiracy theory known as the Philadelphia Experiment that's long been a font of sci-fi storytelling. The narration as well as the presence of a faded hammer and sickle symbol in one scene, meanwhile, suggests that the game is set in Russia and/or perhaps the former Soviet Union.
This one minute teaser for the game follows.
"It was hard to gather many concrete details from the trailer but we did see a lot of explosions, crackling electricity and rippling distortions," notes a report about the title from IGN. "Here's hoping players have some sort of time-displacing gun that can teleport them or their enemies between time periods. Perhaps you also need to shift time periods to solve puzzles. It's definitely an intriguing glimpse at this new first-person game."
Singularity, which is still a working title, is currently slated for development on PS3, XBox 360, and PC platforms, though there may certainly be changes as the release date approaches. This hasn't been announced by Activision yet, but there's no doubt that the company will continue to keep the buzz going with more tidbits and images from the new game.