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Sony has been making the PS4 home to a lot of smaller games in between their big releases. Usually they use them as a way to hold gamers over until the AAA titles arrive. One of those games is called Klaus and it's an interesting puzzle-platformer due for release at the end of the month.
Game Informer did a write-up on the upcoming game called Klaus from La Cosa Entertainment. It's due for release on January 19 for the PS4. It's a 2D platformer that sees players taking on the role of a mysterious guy who wakes up in a basement with no memory of anything. He eventually gets accompanied by a large brute who helps him through the levels. You can see the game in action with the recently released launch trailer below.
The theme of the game is that players will have to deal with the riddle: “I don't know who I am. I don't know where I am. I just woke up in this basement with the word -KLAUS- written on my arm.”
The end of the trailer appears to indicate that there's some kind of hacking going on. I'm not really sure what's up or what's going on, but the game definitely has a strange vibe about it. The graphics seem similar to games like Not A Hero and other pixel-oriented platformers.
What helps separate Klaus from other games is that it appears as if a large part of the narrative is depicted throughout the stages themselves as phrases plastered onto the platforms, ground and walls.
It's a strange setup based on what I can glean from the trailers but it appears as if players will have to figure out what's really happening by reading the text sprawled across each level. If that really is the case then it's an interesting way to tell the game's story and a pretty cool narrative device to help not only engage players into what's happening within the game world but also why it's happening.
I get the feeling that it might be one of those titles where at the end there's some string-pulling puppet masters similar to Hotline Miami. Then again it could be something completely different... we won't know until it officially releases later in the month.
One thing worth pointing out is that on the page of the official launch trailer there is an ample amount of discussion about the PS4's ever-expanding library of smaller, niche and indie games. Some people are complaining that games like Klaus don't deserve to be on the PS4 and should stick to services like Steam or GOG.com, while others argued that games like Klaus work as a good buffer for Sony until other AAA titles like Uncharted 4, Dark Souls 3 and Street Fighter V launch.
From Sony's perspective it definitely makes sense to pad out the game line-up with smaller titles while the blockbusters are still in the over cooking. Whether you care about games like Klaus or not, it will be available on the PS4 starting January 19.