Vivid Helix announced today that its 2D puzzle game Semispheres will be coming out in February.
In Semispheres, players control two distinct avatars in two environments that appear on screen at the same time using both analogue sticks. At first the environments each avatar inhabits are very similar, but they start to differentiate as players progress through them. These avatars can enter each other’s realities too, making for more complex puzzles.
The game also has synth-led soundtrack by Sid Barnhoorn, composer of Antichamber and The Stanley Parable. Radu Muresan, designer of Semispheres, had the following to say about the game’s origins:
“Semispheres was initially conceived in August 2014 at the Ludum Dare 30 game jam, around the theme of connected worlds. The first prototype already contained the idea of overlapping realities, but constrained each character to their own world. While that early version of the game was fun, it wasn’t until I introduced ideas like portals, side-swapping and teleports that opened up the possibility space, offering new depth and scope to the puzzles.”
You can watch a trailer for the game below. Semispheres will launch on PC and PS4 in February. Vivid Helix is also planning to release the game on other, unspecified, platforms later in the year.