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GRIS takes the threat out of platforming later this year

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Explore a beautiful world, presented artistically and without menace.

Devolver Digital is slowly building a solid reputation for bringing interesting games to the marketplace, and that habit looks like it will continue with the release later this year of GRIS on Nintendo Switch and Steam.

Developed by newcomer Nomada Studio, GRIS is being described with the sort of phrases you don't often see used in the industry. Interested parties are told to expect "a serene and evocative narrative experience" that is "free of danger, frustration or death." So no, it's not competing directly with Doom Eternal or the next Souls game.

According to the press release issued earlier today, players will guide a young girl who finds herself in a fantastic world as she deals with sorrow in her real life. She wears a dress that grants new abilities as she explores new emotions and comes to view the surrounding world in different ways.

Although you shouldn't expect to find a lot of twitch-based gameplay, which tends to frustrate some players who prefer the peaceful approach, there will be "light puzzles, platforming sequences, and optional skill-based challenges." The more you put into the world, it sounds like, the more it will give back to you.

GRIS is currently scheduled for release on Switch and Mac/PC later in calendar 2018, following a planned appearance at PAX West later this month. It presumably will be available as a download-only title, but still could be a release to watch if you're tired of blasting aliens and demons and evil soldiers and such.

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Staff article by Jason Venter (August 13, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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