If you’ve been amassing PSN Store credit in hopes of a futuristic Portal experience featuring the power of magnets and the Cthulu monsters of H.P. Lovecraft, then hold your breath no more. Magrunner: Dark Pulse is coming to PSN and here is the first trailer of the game in action along with new screenshots.
Ukraine based developer Frogwares has previously worked on several Sherlock Holmes games including The Testament of Sherlock Holmes for PS3. That game is still on my radar and I have yet to get it. But today we learned about Magrunner, a first-person action puzzle game that seems to be borrowing heavily from the Portal series.
Of course, the official Magrunner website provides the best description of the game:
In the near future, in 2050, a handful of young and brilliant citizens have been chosen by Gruckezber Corporation to join the Magtech training program for space exploration. Equipped with a special glove using Gruckezberg’s technology, the candidates have to solve their way through a huge maze of challenge rooms, by magnetically charging objects that will attract or repel each other. But when an earthquake disrupts the training program, what seemed to be the chance of a lifetime for the candidates will soon become a descent into folly and cosmic horror! In this video, plunge with Dax, the hero of the game, into a future where Technology confronts the Cthulhu Mythos!
I’ve reached out to the PR agency responsible for Focus Home Entertainment and Magrunner for comment. As of this writing, there is no announced release date despite us having previously reported a Q2 2013 release. A previous press release does confirm that the game is being built on the Unreal Engine 3.