Project Temporality is a single-player co-op game. Wait, what? Defrost Games studio has been around since 2010, and feels that “the games industry in general has grown stale and are mostly producing products with small iterative changes.” With that in mind, they believed that they could achieve a great single player experience that relied on a single player’s use of time travel to provide cooperativity between multiple instances of your character. Project Temporality is a third-person game in the puzzle genre that allows players to achieve goals by using instances, or “timelines,” of your character to simultaneously solve pieces of the level’s puzzle with limited interaction with each other. You can manipulate lasers and mirrors, keys and trapdoors, and even force fields in the game. Up to ten new timelines can be created simultaneously at any time or place to solve puzzles, with no restrictions. “This game is all about giving you full freedom in four dimensions,” states the studio.
The game features one “true” timeline, with the remaining timelines existing parallel to the true one. If the true timeline is changed in the game world, the changes affect the parallel instances, and perhaps now one timeline is unable to successfully achieve its goal. When a new instance is created, players can record and move the timeline how they see fit, and continue on with the true timeline while the new instance performs its recorded actions. When utilizing the fourth dimension as a game mechanic, one might wonder what happens when a paradox occurs. Project Temporality has a method for dealing with this issue, and in fact harnesses that idea to create other challenging puzzles, “where one single timelines performs multiple different actions depending from where in time it is viewed.”
The game has a less-clean, more sci-fi Portal feel to me, and looks to mix in some of the game mechanics from Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time, where players would have Clank stand on a time pad, make a clone, and record their clone to perform some action. The game looks like it could be a ton of fun; the full version has been available through Desura since March (for $14.99, with an average rating of 9.8 on the site), and the developers announced yesterday that it is scheduled for release through Steam on May 20, as well.