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Penumbra: Overture on Gamer's Gate

gamers gate "Digital community platform Gamer's Gate, announced today that it has signed a new exciting title by Swedish developer Frictional Games. First out in a series of games, "Penumbra: Overture" is guaranteed to keep players on edge as they explore its scary and immersive environment."


Here at Frictional Games we are very happy that Penumbra: Overture will be available for download on Gamers Gate. Having used the Gamers Gate software ourselves in the past, we know how well it works and what an excellent choice it is for digital downloads. If getting games as digital downloads is your thing, get your account now and be ready for Penumbra: Overture in March 2007!

About Gamer's Gate
Gamer's Gate is a unique digital distribution platform launched by Paradox Interactive to create easily accessible gaming experiences for gamers worldwide – anytime, anywhere. Seen as a strong contender on the digital download arena, plans for its immediate future include the launch of several accompanying services and a substantial increase in the product portfolio offered to consumers. www.gamersgate.com.

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Preview from Pro-G

UK based Pro-G has posted their preview of Penumbra: Overture. Warning, contains some puzzle spoilers.

pro-g gaming "While Frictional might not have the budget to compete with the big boys, early impressions of Penumbra suggest that the game is going to provide players with a rather different gaming experience."


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The previews start rolling

A month ago a special preview build was sent out to magazines and last week the same build was sent out to online magazines. We are very happy to be able to tell you about two previews already!

Visit the ever so expanding gaming site HEXUS to read their 4 page preview. Warning, contains some puzzle spoilers.

hexus gaming"Although Penumbra Overture is billed as a first person action game it also incorporates challenging puzzles and the combining of items in your inventory in order to reach a solution. This gameplay style, more commonly seen in point and click adventures, and the combination of combat and physics interaction, make Penumbra Overture unlike any other game we’ve personally experienced."


The EDGE preview is only available in the magazine. If you have not purchased a copy of EDGE before, issue 172 is a great one to start with!

EDGE online"Perhaps because it's astounding that such a physically astute game could have been developed by just four people, especially considering how recently a team of ten times the size would have struggled to produce a world as complex as the one you explore here."


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Video diary: Enemy interaction

As promised we have created another video diary, this time demonstrating the enemies interaction with the player and the environment.

video2imageYou can find download links in the media section on the official Penumbra: Overture website or use any of these to view directly in the browser.

GameTrailers.com, YouTube.com, video.Google.com

The development is coming along according to plan, last week we finished a major milestone when we made the game playable from start to finish. This means that the game is more or less done and now we enter the last period of adding details, tweaking and above all... testing. We are all quite excited as we feel the goal that we have worked towards since August 2006 is getting quite close!

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Two new screens

Two new screens can be found at the Penumbra: Overture website media section. The screens are showing some dissection of an enemy as well as the view of a frozen lake.

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