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Gravity-Defying FIG Campaign Announced for Etherborn

Gravity-Defying FIG Campaign Announced for Etherborn

Throw Newton’s Law to the wind and discover your purpose in Altered Matter’s upcoming platform puzzler

Category: Upcoming Release
Written by: Cindy Kyser
Developed by: Altered Matter
Estimated Release Date: TBD
For: Windows, Switch,  PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Altered Matter is a Barcelona-based independent video game development group. Their stated goal is “to use entertainment as a vehicle for artistic expression.” Etherborn is their first project and reflects this team’s love of art. A first look at the prototype indicates that Altered Matter is a group with many talents. Etherborn has the feel of a world that M.C. Escher  might have created if he had had tools to add color, light, and music to his work.

Throughout 2016 and 2017, Altered Matter has continued to win multiple gaming awards as they have demonstrated progress on Etherborn. Most recently, the game was recognized as the “IndieCade Festival 2017 Official Selection” (Los Angeles) and the “EGX Leftfield Collection 2017 Official Selection” (Birmingham).


To expedite the release of Etherborn, a Fig Campaign  has been launched to raise approximately $30K (US). The campaign is proceeding well, with 40% of funds raised and over a month left to go.

Etherborn is described as an “environmental puzzle platformer built on exploring and understanding gravity shifting structures.” This means that you can traverse all surfaces without regard to Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. At first glance, I am reminded of UsTwo Games’ tablet offering Monument Valley which uses a similar gravity-defying landscape framework. However, any comparison ends there.

Etherborn adds a narrative that has you playing as a “voiceless being” in search of the meaning of personal existence. To this end, you will follow an “ethereal voice” through an artfully crafted landscape of fantastic structures. The overall puzzle is to understand and traverse the environment towards your goal. Thus, you will be a traveler with purpose. Along the way, you will collect “mysterious spheres of light” used to activate switches, alter the environment, and aid you in your journey.

For more information on game progress, visit the Altered Matter web site

Cindy Kyser

Cindy Kyser

Cindy’s love affair with gaming began when she opened a mailbox in front of a white house and took the first step in a long series of adventures. ‘Back in the day,’ Cindy was a regular contributor to JA and an active member of the online gaming community. She has attended several E3s and has had the pleasure of spending time in person with both Ray and Randy. Her all- time favorite adventures include the Tex Murphy series, the Gabriel Knight series, and The Longest Journey. She also enjoys RPGs and her list of ‘best ever’ includes Fallout, Asheron’s Call, and Planescape Torment. Â Frustrated with the cost of rising PC system requirements, Cindy decided to switch to console and tablet gaming. Although you can teach some old dogs new tricks, she discovered that console controller dexterity is a skill set that she is lacking. Her results with tablet gaming were not much better. With the exception of a few gems such as The Room and Forever Lost, there is a limit to how much one can play Candy Crush and Hidden Object Adventures. Having proved that pure escapism is worth the investment, she has a new gaming laptop and is back to her search for the perfect adventure. Â After spending most of her life in Los Angeles and Atlanta, Cindy escaped the stress of urban life and moved to rural Arkansas. To show that she has become a true Arkansan, she has taken up deer hunting, wears pink camo, and put a chicken coop in her backyard. On a stressful day, she can be heard yelling ‘Woo Pig Sooie’ when all else fails.

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