clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Check out Anamorphine, an incredibly trippy game

What's up with the pandas, though?

Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube

Just when you think you know where you are, Anamorphine flips your expectations on their head.

The game was on display at GDC, and we played it on the Xbox One. Watch as a simple scene of a woman playing the cello turns into a surreal trip into another world, turns into ... well, I won't spoil it.

You might not glean it from this short demo, but Anamorphine is about a character with post-traumatic denial, and you are traveling through their emotional landscapes. Notice how the ground in this video heaves and swells, as if you were walking on the belly of an enormous beast. It's beautiful, but disturbing at the same time.

It's the first game from studio Artifact 5. The team plans to release the game in summer of 2016, for PC and Xbox One, and they've been testing scenes from the game on the Oculus Rift.