The medium is a third-person psychological horror game that tells the story of Marianne, a clairvoyant who can live in two realities at the same time: our world and the world of ghosts. The mediumThe hallmark of this is a mechanic that we refer to as a “dual reality” game, which you can find on Xbox Series X | today S, PC and with Xbox Game Pass.
At certain points in the game you play in the material and the spiritual world at exactly the same time and control both avatars at the same time. It’s both a storytelling and a gameplay mechanic that defines both the main theme of the game and the exploration and solving of puzzles. When you are in dual reality, the screen is split either vertically or horizontally. Since both worlds are being rendered at the same time, we needed powerful hardware like the X | Xbox series S consoles to unlock the full potential of dual reality. However, we still have questions about why the game needs a next generation platform even though the split screen has been with us for a long time.
The short answer is, what we do with dual reality is very different from multiplayer split screen. The long answer … well, read on.
Most other games that support split-screen display two different instances of the same location. in the The mediumThe real and the spiritual world look completely different and use their own graphic elements such as models or textures. This is much more demanding in terms of storage, storage, and rendering costs.
In addition, effects such as motion blur or ambient occlusion must be calculated and rendered twice. All in all, the game requires a significant amount of VRAM and fast memory, much faster than the previous generation of hardware. Although it may look similar in screenshots or trailers, the dual reality of the game just works technically different and is much more demanding in terms of performance than a “regular” split screen.
We worked on it The medium and the idea of dual reality for a couple of years and it’s a big moment for us to finally let the game and its innovative mechanics into the hands of the players. Before entering the dark corridors of the abandoned Niwa Hotel, I can only add … enjoy the mystery!
The medium is now available for Xbox Series X | S, PC, and available with Xbox Game Pass.
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Discover a dark riddle that only a medium can solve. Travel to an abandoned communist resort and use your unique psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve double reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits and explore two realities at the same time. The Medium is a third-party psychological horror game that features patented dual-reality gameplay and an original soundtrack co-composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski and Akira Yamaoka. BECOME MEDIUM Use unique psychic abilities reserved for those who have the gift. Travel between realities or explore both at the same time. Use the outside of the body experience to explore places your real self cannot go. Create energy shields and deliver powerful spirit bursts to survive the spirit world and its otherworldly dangers. SEE WHAT’S HIDDEN Immerse yourself in a mature and morally ambiguous story where nothing is what it seems and everything has a different side. As a medium, you see, hear and experience more than others, and with each new perspective you change your perception of what happened at Niwa Resort. PLAY IN TWO WORLDS AT THE SAME TIME Never before seen and officially patented gameplay that takes place across two worlds and is displayed simultaneously. Explore the physical world and the spiritual world at the same time, and use the interactions between them to solve dual reality puzzles, unlock new avenues and bring back memories of past events. Enter a dark reality inspired by BEKSIŃSKI. The spirit world of the medium is a dark mirror of our reality, a gloomy and unsettling place where our unpunished deeds, evil instincts and hideous secrets can manifest and take shape. This world was invented and designed under the inspiration of Zdzisław Beksińskis paintings, a Polish dystopian surrealist known internationally for his distinctive and strikingly threatening style. MUSIC BY YAMAOKA & REIKOWSKI Immerse yourself in the disturbing and oppressive atmosphere of the game thanks to the original ‘dual’ soundtrack co-created by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski. Yamaoka-san is a legendary Japanese composer best known for his work on the Silent Hill series. Reikowski is a Hollywood Music in Media Awards nominee who has worked on such critically acclaimed horror games as Blair Witch, Layers of Fear, and Observer. Now they join their creative powers for the music and songs of The Medium.