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Feeling Puzzled? echochrome Demo Coming to PSN

Kumi Yuasa's Avatar + Posted by Kumi Yuasa on Apr 23, 2008 // Producer, SCEA

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 fun!

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!

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+ Novaoblivion on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:51 pm said:

I cant wait for this game. I played a demo of it from the Japanese store a while back, it is a day 1 purchase for me! I love the sound of sharing custom created levels to.


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+ Gorvi on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:51 pm said:

Very nice. I tried the Japanese PS3 demo a while back and enjoyed it quite a bit. So is it safe to assume that both the PS3 and PSP versions of the game will be $10 each?


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:56 pm said:

    Hi Gorvi. It’ll be $9.99 each for the PS3 and PSP versions.


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+ Indifferent on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:52 pm said:

Sounds awsome! Cant wait to try them out! Creating levels on the PS3 then sending them online sounds cool to!


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+ willacuz on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:52 pm said:

When can I buy the full version? I’ve been sold since the Japanese:English Demo.


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:11 pm said:

    Hi willacuz. We\’re looking at May. I can provide you a more concrete date next week.


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+ jasonmasr on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:53 pm said:

thank you Kumi Yuasa, I look forward to the release!


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+ Kazammm on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:54 pm said:

Awesome, I am totally going to buy this game.


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+ Cpt.blue on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:55 pm said:

Day 1 purchase. Loved the music and the concept – bend reality to suit your needs.

Fulfills my god complex


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+ RADRAD1985 on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:56 pm said:

I almost forgot about Echochrome, what with GT5: P.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this.


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+ lunapoop on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:58 pm said:

Hmm. Thats interesting.


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+ Jeigh on April 23rd, 2008 at 12:58 pm said:

@ 7 Cpt. Blue

Ha! I couldn’t have put it better myself. (Oh, let’s not kid ourselves: I could. I simply don’t care to.)

Five Star Post! This will definitely make this update worthwhile.


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+ RandomEarthling on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:00 pm said:

This game has always had my interest. Level creation FTW! I’m guessing the tools to do so will come with the game but please correct me if I’m wrong.

Looks good though, I just hope you don’t charge too much for it.


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:23 pm said:

    Yes, all the tools are right in the game, in \”Canvas\” mode.


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+ Cpt.blue on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:02 pm said:

@ jeigh

I can only picture you saying that aloud with your eyes closed

(reference to Southpark episode Smug Alert!)


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+ drdre74 on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:02 pm said:

man this game is hard. I’ve been playing the japanese version on my psp and once you start getting to levels where there are 4 characters on screen walking at once it gets crazy!


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+ SuperTanker on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:06 pm said:

Seeing this reminds me of Phil. *cries*

Anyways, looks great!


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+ EvoAnubis on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:07 pm said:

Kumi, quick question. Is this a different demo than the one on the other regions’ stores?


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:20 pm said:

    Hi, EvoAnubis. Demo will be the same throughout the regions. It contains the tutorial and three levels to try.


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+ Groovester on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:17 pm said:

This game is one of the most imaginative games I have seen in a long time.


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+ Fersis on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:24 pm said:

how many levels has the demo ?
14 SuperTanker
me too, i remember Phil
Cheers to Phil


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:23 pm said:

    Hello. Demo has three levels to try after the tutorial. It\’s a good start to be familiar with the 5 laws that control the world!


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+ djpenny on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:27 pm said:

hope this game dos not get delay like home


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+ masteratt on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:30 pm said:

Hello Kumi Yuasa.

Will this demo be the same as the one released on the Japanese store?


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:36 pm said:

    Hi masteratt. Yes the demo will contain the tutorial and three levels to play as Japanese demo.


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+ Neil on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:30 pm said:

Kumi I love you long time!


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+ T-P-M on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:32 pm said:

Great first post Kumi!
I’m really looking forward to this.
One quick question, are the levels that we make interchangeable? (ie if I make a level on my PS3 can I transfer it and play it on my PSP)


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:44 pm said:

    Thanks!

    No, there is no cross-compatibility.


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+ Tondog on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:32 pm said:

Can’t wait! I’ve been looking forward to Echochrome ever since it was announced last year.

Kumi, do you think you can give us a rough timeframe of when to expect the full game in May? Will it be early or late May?


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    + kyuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:45 pm said:

    Tondog, next week I should be able to have a more concrete date.


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+ Temmehkan on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

Awesome, when can we expect the full game? and i love all the themes we get for the ps3, keep those coming!


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:45 pm said:

    Thanks for your comment! It\’ll be out soon in May. I\’ll provide more info next week.


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+ haesuse on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:40 pm said:

Cool? You’re damn right it is! Echocrome has caught my eye a while back and having a shot at the demo will be awesome!
thanks you sir! keep it up.


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+ izeyah on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:43 pm said:

this is exactly the kind of content we need. cant wait!


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+ Vassago on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:49 pm said:

Cant wait to try the demo and to buy this crazy games, you guys rock :)


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+ NewYork214 on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:52 pm said:

this game is cool. downloaded the japanese demo and played it a bunch of times. ill probably be pickin this up for ps3 when it comes out


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+ SPARDA on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:53 pm said:

I played the demo from the japanese store and I love it.
It’s a great game.
looking foward to the full version

SPARDA


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+ GooniesMikey on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:54 pm said:

Great game, great post. Kumi, you are great!


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+ maluraq on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:54 pm said:

Can we also share the levels we create directly with our friends either through the PS3 or by copying them out of the saved games folder?


Yes, I blog — http://blog.mikebabcock.ca


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:17 pm said:

    Yes, you can share the created levels using PSN friend mail, or copying them onto Memory Stick.


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+ Davitr0n on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:58 pm said:

This game looks wonderful. I will be picking this up for sure when it hits the store.


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+ Tondog on April 23rd, 2008 at 1:58 pm said:

Thanks for the details Kumi! Hopefully we’ll hear more next week.


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+ T.Chicken on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:03 pm said:

echochrome is on my must buy list of PSN games. The concept amazes me and the demo just wowed me. The music is interesting and the gameplay seems like it can be complex.

I will be buying this day one. Thanks for the details Kumi, it would be pretty funny if this game came out May 15th (my birthday). Then again, the sooner the better!


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:30 pm said:

    Happy early birthday to you!! I will have a more concrete release date next week, but I\’m sure it will make a great birthday gift for you! Enjoy. : )


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+ XxBigP123xX on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:09 pm said:

I downloaded the Japan demo, this will be amazing. And to think that im such a texture whore, there is none in this game :P


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+ JamesL007 on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

I can say this I have been psyched for this game for a long time ever since I first saw it, I believe I will be glued to it and GTA:IV for months MC Escher meets Gaming = Nothing but pure fun.

Great job to you guys on creating a game like this, in a era of next-gen graphics you proved that its all about gameplay and innovation hats off to you big time.

We at TripleTags.com Can’t wait to review it too,


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+ wolverine81 on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:14 pm said:

I guess if I want this game on psp and ps3 I will have to buy to seperate copies, right? I won’t be able to buy just one version for both consoles?


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+ black_ryuk on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:23 pm said:

YES!!!! I’ve been waiting for this game since it was first introduced. I’ll possible be getting both versions if they are different.

Good luck with it


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:56 pm said:

    Indeed, both versions will have completely unique levels and there is no overlap!
    PSP levels are smaller than PS3 levels, but that does not mean they are easier to clear. : ) Enjoy.


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+ Erock101 on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:23 pm said:

Great Post Kumi! Thanks for such a detailed and intriguing explanation of the game!


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+ Legendbyname on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:25 pm said:

The music in Echochrome is some of the very best I’ve ever heard in a video game, and fits perfectly with problem solving. Loved the demo, and can’t wait to play the full version.


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+ Legendbyname on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:26 pm said:

Is there any possible way we can get the soundtrack for Echochrome?


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+ Cerberus_Hunter on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:35 pm said:

Nice, I can’t wait to play it :)


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+ black_ryuk on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm said:

Question…can it only be downloaded or will there be disc versions also?


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+ EvoAnubis on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:43 pm said:

Cool. Thanks for the answer. I already played the demo, then, but I still am highly anticipating buying this game. $9.99? Instant win.


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+ StalkingSilence on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:56 pm said:

“Additional content will be available from Day 1.” I hope this isn’t DLC you have to pay for. I don’t like when people do this. Detracts from the purpose of DLC. I’ll most likely be getting both versions (PS3 and PSP), so please don’t price gouge us!


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    + Kumi Yuasa on April 23rd, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

    The best of the PS3 user-created levels submitted to the developers will be distributed for free to PS3 version owners! So no worries. : )


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+ EViD on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:57 pm said:

Hi Kumi. Excellent game at a bargain price (both versions for $9.99). Got a question though: does it support remote play?


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+ cbright99 on April 23rd, 2008 at 2:58 pm said:

I am not sure about this one, I tried the Jap demo and I didn’t like it to much.


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+ Goodfella2487 on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:10 pm said:

I will no doubt be buying this day one!!


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+ outkast32 on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:12 pm said:

is the demo the exact same as the japan one? also why doesnt it let you have FULL control when moving things into position. It sorta skips and takes you a while to place something where you want it. will this be fixed? or is it part of the gameplay?


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+ serversurfer on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Will the PS3 version support Remote Play?


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+ OldManGaming on April 23rd, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

Great news! After playing the import demo this became a must-buy for me.

In fact, Wipeout Pulse and Patapon were both purchased after playing the demos so more demos please! :)


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