Oh My: Resonance/Gemini Rue Folks Announce Primordia

By Nathan Grayson on August 15th, 2012 at 8:00 pm.


It’s been an almost absurdly good year for adventure games, but there are still four months left on the calendar. And so along comes the Wormwood-developed Primordia, coated head-to-mechanized-toe in dystopic dust, but holding its head high thanks to a partnership with Wadjet Eye Games, which puts it alongside the likes of Resonance, Gemini Rue, Blackwell Deception, and The Shivah – among others. In short, the hand-drawn, well, everything looks gorgeous, and the concept’s not sounding too shabby either. Also, like Resonance, it features the mesmerizingly gruff tones of none other than Logan Cunningham – aka, the Bastion narrator.

Compared to the trailer – which really gives the world flavor – the on-paper description of the story ends up sounding a bit flat. Observe:

“Ages have passed since legendary Man walked the planet. Now, in the desolate wastelands beyond the city of Metropol, a solitary robot named Horatio jealously guards his freedom and independence. All that is taken away from him when a marauding foe steals his power source, forcing him to leave the safety of his home and set out on a perilous journey into the wastes – and into his own mysterious past.”

Human extinction, mysterious pasts, wastelands, etc. It’s definitely been done before. But Wadjet Eye’s adventuring track record is nothing to scoff at, and I can’t wait to see where this one takes us. Fortunately, it sounds like my impatience will be rewarded, as Primordia’s slated for a “Fall 2012″ release. So then, Summer, you can leave now. Go on. You’ve already shown us your full hand with The Olympics, and you’re too hot anyway.

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  1. Trithne says:

    Filing this away under ‘Please remember to nab this when it comes out’ It looks fantastic.

    • pr1001 says:

      Might I toot my own horn and suggest you try my service GameLater? I developed it specifically to save interesting games I discover on RPS.

      • alhazan says:

        What does it do, precisely? There’s an “about” link but it appears to be out of order.

  2. LionsPhil says:

    “…and formats it afresh”.


    Graphical style’s just a tiny bit Beneath a Steel Sky. Which is nice.

    • Perjoss says:

      The above link has nothing to do with the news article

      • LionsPhil says:

        RPS really needs the Report links back, if only to clean up after the spambots.

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          Rikard Peterson says:

          If it’s possible to ban URL shorteners, that’d take care of most of them.

          • LionsPhil says:

            Or users posting the exact same thing across multiple articles within minutes. I know spam detection is seriously hard to do completely (especially the comment-reposting bastards, with their machine-learning-thwarting wiles), but this is pretty low-hanging fruit.

          • thebigJ_A says:

            It want’s to do less, and take more than it deserves. When will Man come and format it afresh??

          • MadTinkerer says:

            It’s just one of a million imperfect parts.

  3. pilouuuu says:

    I like those graphics! It’s like Beneath a Steel Sky meets Machinarium. Even the crappy animations have a certain charm to them, like if they were papercut out figures.

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    Petethegoat says:

    “everything looks gorgeous”

    My thoughts exactly, upon seeing that screenshot.

  5. povu says:

    You can never have too much Logan Cunningham.

  6. Trent Hawkins says:

    Some Robots just want to watch the world burn

  7. noom says:

    Definite “Take my money!” on that one. Looks absolutely stunning.

  8. Zeewolf says:

    Loved the music.

    Guess this is yet another “must have”-game from Wadjet Eye. I think the only Wadjet developed/published game I haven’t bought is the wrestling-themed one.

  9. rustybroomhandle says:

    Waaaaaa, this is more or less the setup of the game I am making. Foetal position imminent. Maybe I’ll just make an FPS instead.

  10. alms says:

    The title made me believe for a moment that Nuernberger and Vince XII had decided to make a game together.

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    aequidens says:

    I’m Bobbin. Are you my mother?

  12. orient says:

    I like the art but it’s very dark in places, almost too dark to appreciate. Hope that doesn’t cause any pixel-hunting issues.

    Keeping my eyes on this one.

  13. Toberoth says:

    Phwoar, this looks great. Will buy.