CANVAS Teaser Is Sinister, Awesome

Canvas is a Half-Life 2 Ep 2 modification that, as mods go, is one of the most impressively produced efforts you are likely to see. It tells the story of a girl with psychic powers, her psychically animated/possessed teddy bear, and the disappearance of her father, which the pair must investigate. Canvas is a 3D puzzle game, where the protagonist and her companion bear must use their powers to overcome obstacles and defeat enemies. Intriguingly, it’s also set within the worlds of various paintings, which they must enter to unravel the mystery.

The teaser is below, and it’s genuinely worth watching.


  1. Brutal Deluxe says:

    After suffering from E3 trailer fatigue, I have to say this has restored the balance. Even the Bloom logo is great.

    • Hoaxfish says:

      I kinda want a game were you run around as a suited flower-headed man

  2. terry says:

    Cripes, that’s some atmospheric pixels.

  3. McDan says:

    Just…wow. That looks thoroughly amazing.

  4. tKe says:

    Sinister indeed… certainly one to watch.

    Also – anyone know what the music is?

    • Heliosicle says:

      The xx – Fantasy

      Awesome song + band.

    • Temple says:

      The youtube link for people who do not want to google “Fantasy XX” at work…

      link to

      And yeah, some of the other tracks are quite nice as well.

    • heretic says:

      I thought the vocals sounded like the xx – only previous song I’ve heard from them is crystalised!

    • Alexnader says:

      They’re SO good. I heard the low tone voices at the start and I was like “This sounds familiar… no they didn’t !”

      I reckon this music and the music to the Asselations trailer were the best.

  5. Spider Jerusalem says:

    That’s a p ill bass kick.

  6. Lightbulb says:

    Funny if this makes me buy the HL2 Episodes… :)

    Looks good. Hope it actually get finished and released.

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    ChaosSmurf says:

    3:06/3:06 – well, there goes my soul.

  8. The Sombrero Kid says:

    As a gamer i’m excited for this, as a developer i worry about every first person adventure game that gets announced, i worry that by the time my game comes out, first person adventure will be like side scrolling platformer is now.

  9. The Promised Landt says:

    Yes, but have you seen my bear Tibbers?

    Also, awesome.

    • dartt says:

      Oh man, I miss League of Legends. I was having so much fun playing until some networking bug meant that every third or fourth game would be a laggy unplayable mess where I’d just be a liability to the team.

      Annie and Tibbers were great.

    • Nevard says:

      Want to look at your bear?


    • Highstorm says:

      Annie immediately sprang to mind when reading this article :D

  10. daphne says:

    Best thing about this trailer is that unlike the Dead Island one, I can genuinely hope that the presentation of the actual game will be similarly surreal. Awesome.

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  12. Bullfrog says:

    Not a comedy then?

    Music sounds like Martin Grech, although that’s a complete stab in the dark.

    • Fod says:

      Nope – XX. How do people not know about this band still. They won, like, all the awards.

    • DrGonzo says:

      They didn’t deserve to win imo. I heard two fantastic songs, bought the album, and its proper shit. Apart from the two great songs they produced.

  13. Pictoru says:

    Well actually…
    [music starts]
    …brain melting…
    [music stops]
    …hurr durr derp

  14. Nighthood says:

    The fact that you go into paintings and stuff makes me hope it’ll have a Psychonauts vibe to it. I’ll be unbelievably happy if it does.

    Oh, and is there a release date anywhere?

  15. Urael says:

    Mod news! Mod news!


  16. Temple says:

    Ok, it looks great, but the next vid shows the menu and RPS needs to use its full power to stamp out the crime it blatantly displays.
    SLOW MENUS!!!11!!!1!!!
    Come on game designers I dislike loading times, but realise they must exist; there is no reason for a slow stupid menu is there?

    • klo3 says:

      Definitely agree!

      Menus should work intuitively and fast. Drop the ‘funky’ menu for all I care and focus that energy on polishing the rest of the game. Use the default HL2 menu or make sure the modified one works really fast. A step from one menu item to another should take at most half the time it does now, and also make sure you can skip over items by clicking more than once (which should accelerate the transform to be as fast as a single step).

      There’s too many games i never got around to play because of the menu being a hassle, and this looks like a game i definitely would like to try!

    • srredfire says:

      Don’t worry. The menu is a few years old now.

  17. DrazharLn says:

    Yes! This is the kind of game that I want to play.

  18. Sp4rkR4t says:

    A bit Psychonauts, a bit Alice all presented in the wonderful staleness possible in the Source engine.

    Ok I’m interested in this now.

  19. MeestaNob says:

    That was really impressive.

  20. 12kill4 says:

    Anyone notice the weird thing the helicopter does at 1:50-56? It half turns around and then reverts to its original orientation in a pointlessly incongruous fashion.

  21. Warduke says:

    Wow, that trailer is amazing.. Nice piece of work

  22. inertia says:

    I can bearly wait.

    (Come on RPS, it took this long for somebody to make a bear pun? You should be ashamed, all of you.)

  23. ynamite says:

    Looking very impressive for an Ep. 2 mod … especially the scene where the room dissolves. I remember the one guy from Valve talking about how difficult it was to do the intro scene for Portal 2, where Chells room is breaking apart, it sounded like it had been one big workaround. I imagine they must be tipping their hats to the guy behind this scene here, if it is in game, that is.

    • rapchee says:

      i have a strong suspicion that the dissolving scene was edited together – there seemed to be too much shaking going on for both scenes and the character

  24. Evil Timmy says:

    Sausage fingers!

  25. heretic says:

    That is an amazing trailer, I don’t know how the game will be but I am genuinely interested after watching this!

    I don’t think I’ve watched a trailer that made me want to play a game more than this.

  26. Tunips says:

    Never mind the game, that was a genuinely extraordinary company logo.

  27. tomeoftom says:

    Holy shit.

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    john_silence says:

    Anyone else reminded of the large, living teddy bear in that terrifying Akira scene? Only this has got more of a dreamy dirge vibe. Thanks Heliosicle and Temple for the music info, and JB is right: where’s the staring eyes tag???

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought ‘Akira’ when I saw the video.

  29. mashakos says:

    Let’s hope the developers have what it takes to bring this level of atmosphere to the actual mod, and not be stuck at having one dude with l33t Adobe After Effects skills.

    • Theory says:

      Go to the site and click on Screenshots. (I’d link but the site uses funny AJAX loading and pages can’t be accessed directly.)

  30. Nallen says:

    It’s so sad to see the staring eyes tag all but abandoned these days. Rarely is a finer example seen in the wild.

  31. Valvarexart says:

    They should have looked into the name better. is a upcoming site from Moot, the founder of 4chan. It is in beta right now, but when it gets opened to the public it will be a pretty huge site.

    • CMaster says:

      Honestly, they’ve picked a semi-common noun. Kinda a given it will be used elsewhere, but not a bad idea.

      I like that site though, trying to get back the old spirit of photoshopping and content generation that 4chan used to have before it got far too big.

  32. Shadrach says:

    Whoa, best choice of trailer music since, well, since the Dead Island trailer.

  33. mda says:

    Not qualify for ‘staring eyes’ tag?

  34. JohnnyMaverik says:

    Trailer of the year!!!!!

    Hope the mod lives up to it…

  35. Bodminzer says:

    That made my stomach feel weird in the best way.

  36. sigma83 says:

    Bebas (the word on the cupboard near the end) means ‘Free’ in malay.

    Just my contribution.

  37. Josh Brandt says:

    Is that Kieron slouching around at 1:15 there?

  38. The_Great_Skratsby says:

    Evil moustache! I’m interested.

  39. RagingLion says:

    I love the promise that this holds and the tone of the trailer. This is indeed the kind of left-field stuff that I want to see more of – I’ll wait to see what the actual experience of the game feels like first before lauding it too much.

  40. srredfire says:

    Glad you guys like what you’ve seen, stay tuned for more in the future!

    • Zyrxil says:

      Fantastic trailer. I don’t know if the mod will get finished, but the trailer is something people would be proud to have in their portfolios.

  41. Seraph says:

    Oh hey, Paranoia Agent!

  42. faelnor says:

    Does everything need a GITS reference?

  43. Ayam says:

    2:35 Not polite to call the audience w*****s, he must be the bad guy

  44. Ralphomon says:

    Wow, looks like another excellent game I’ll be too terrified to play, following in the fine tradition of Amnesia, Penumbra and The Void!

  45. sfury says:

    The Force is strong with this one.

  46. Mattress Specialist says:

    good like another good game! Carn’t wait.