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Contrast on PS4: Is There Truth in the Shadows?

Guillaume Provost's Avatar + Posted by Guillaume Provost on Jun 12, 2013 // Creative Director, Compulsion Games

I can attest that some of what you’re about to read is actually true, but how can a developer who has spent so much time hiding in the shadows be trusted to write a traditional blog post?

Indeed. He can’t. But I digress. You want to know more about Contrast, and I want to shed light on a few topics of my own. Did you know that Contrast, in its initial concept, was set in a cyberpunk virtual world? We thought that related well with the Film Noir and Burlesque eras, too. Have you heard tell of the international slumber party work week before Compulsion found an office? When we started working on the game, the team was spread out across four continents!

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Being an indie game developer is no easy ride, but all those tuna-salad days have helped fuel something amazing – as we all clung to that early magical love affair with an idea so fascinating that it just HAD to become something special.

You see, at Compulsion, we have the benefit of a small but capable team. I’d call them talented, but they let the smallest compliments go to their heads. Have I told you about the overt and subtle themes found in our second act? Trust me; it just gets better and better. You see, eventually Dawn finds herself at a circus where she needs to help out a bit to ensure the attractions are ready for opening day. But personally, I had my own misgivings about such a location. Suffering from a longtime–and somewhat debilitating–fear of clowns, I had to initially pretend to be cool with it. After all, the set pieces with regards to story-telling and shadow play were absolutely inspired, but no way was I putting any clowns in my game.

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No, sir. I’d come too far and worked too hard to make a game I was afraid to play.

Of course the team always listens to everything I say, so in our second round of brainstorming, Joshua suggested a clown car shadow puzzle. Every time the player jumped on the car, another clown would get out, and the players could then hop on the shadows of the balloons they were carrying. To better illustrate the puzzle surrounding this astounding show of multiplicity, Whitney made for the white board, sketching quick thumbnails with as many clowns and balloons as she could muster. I won’t lie. They terrified me. Without saying a word, I got up and erased her entire sketch.

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Our concept artist looked at me like “what the hell?” To which I responded: “Look: I really, really, really hate clowns.”

Of course, none of this is true. What kind of team sits around just drawing clowns all day? After all, brilliant poster concepts are so easy to come by.

There are a lot of innovative game-play ideas hovering in the indie game community today. But we’re not just delivering a new game idea, we’re carefully weaving a story, world, and aesthetic around it to make something really special and unique. Come check out the coverage of this year’s E3 to see why it’s different!

And, just think, it’s practically 100% clown-free.

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18 Comments

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+ Bicgoozgetten-69 on June 12th, 2013 at 8:35 am said:

looks very nice I want to get this game


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+ Undrey on June 12th, 2013 at 8:36 am said:

PS4 or Vita?


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+ Bicgoozgetten-69 on June 12th, 2013 at 8:39 am said:

will there be like enemies and bosses to encounter?


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+ Ejsponge61 on June 12th, 2013 at 8:41 am said:

This game intrigues me very much.

But I must ask, is this game for both PS4 and Vita, or just for one system? The Trailer above says it’s on Vita, but the title of this article says PS4. I’m confused!


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+ xClayMeow on June 12th, 2013 at 8:56 am said:

Most likely getting this on Steam, though if it comes to Vita, I’ll have a decision to make.


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+ detictiveconan on June 12th, 2013 at 9:14 am said:

According to the Video on Youtube it’s a Vita game for anyone wondering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWFzCextppo


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+ OneMoreVillain on June 12th, 2013 at 9:25 am said:

Well it’s another steam game that is coming to all consoles and being advertised for the PS4.

@4 Did they remove the video, because there is none when I view it now? I had to go to Youtube to even find out if this game was more then just an idea.


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+ imfrankenstein on June 12th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

So if I download this Uncharted 3 will my save file from the disc ver i already have work?


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+ GhostMachine1 on June 12th, 2013 at 10:31 am said:

Why no video? Game looks great though.


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+ Kasaix on June 12th, 2013 at 11:50 am said:

This looks interesting. I can’t wait to find out more.


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+ DZORMAGEN on June 12th, 2013 at 7:18 pm said:

I had a chance to play this today at E3 on the PS4, and I thought it was great. I love the art style, and the music. It had a nostalgic feel to it. From what I have been told, it will release on current generation consoles (don’t know about Vita), and next-generations console. Looking forward to the final game when released.


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+ Elvick_ on June 13th, 2013 at 12:27 am said:

Really disappointed this wasn’t for PS Vita like the video originally said in the title.

Bums me out.


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+ Welmosca on June 13th, 2013 at 10:52 am said:

Ha very cool…I’m very interested in this game…great concept…and that story of clowns was funny…ha…you look like a good person Guillaume…I’ll keep my eyes in your game.Thanks for the info.


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+ BlueBl1zzard on June 14th, 2013 at 9:13 pm said:

@Elvick Really so it’s not for vita? Hmm that is kinda disappointing…..

@Guillaume Provost funny story, although I never really understood the fear of clowns, they’re people just like you and me + some makeup. Heights though….that’s a different story……..


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+ el_casual on June 17th, 2013 at 1:34 pm said:

the video of Contrast on Vita was a mistake??..IM SAD, SO VERY, VERY SAD.


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+ Wossamotta_U on June 17th, 2013 at 2:25 pm said:

Thanks for the post! The game looks fantastic and I look forward to hearing more about it in the future.

Additionally, thank you for the promise of a clown-less console experience. I tend to steer clear of clowns whenever possible; Circus Charlie being the one exception.


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+ Harshevik on June 17th, 2013 at 3:35 pm said:

Salut Guillaume, c’est Yvan…. Félicitations ça va bien tes affaires!!! =)


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+ ChangeDaBullets on June 18th, 2013 at 11:19 am said:

This game looks really cool and different… So glad I pre ordered the launch edition..


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