One of the coolest games to be announced at Microsoft’s E3 conference last year was Matter, a Marble Blast Ultra-esque game with a severe sci-fi theme and echoes of Portal. The game was being produced by Gore Verbinski’s new game studio Blind Wink and was being designed specifically for Kinect with a goal of eliciting emotion, which is a pretty heady premise for a game. Perhaps too heady, because the game is now cancelled without a frame of gameplay footage ever being shown.
Verbinski, a director known for The Ring and Pirates of the Carribbean, was the one who pitched the game to Microsoft, as the story goes. The game looked like it was right up my alley thematically and so it’s a shame that it’s yet another wonderful concept gone awry. Maybe we’ll see it again some day.