Students, Victor Velasco, Aleksandar Cuk and Kshitij Bal, created the award-winning 2D puzzle based platformer Klaus for Playstation 4 and PSvita. The game was the brainchild of game designer and creative director Victor Velasco. It tells the story of Klaus, an office worker who wakes in his basement with no recollection of who or where he is. Almost reminds us of the classic Chris Nolan film Memento.
The only clue is the word Klaus tattooed on his arm — forcing him to find his way out of the mechanical and constructivist world that he finds himself imprisoned in. It his search for these answers of where and who that lead him to the larger question, Why?
During the course of the journey, Klaus encounters a second playable character – K1, a friendly brute who has been damaged by his prolonged imprisonment. Together the two embark on an existentially definitive journey that explores the idea of the 4th wall and a self-awareness of the player playing the game. Will Klaus discover his truth? Will he find a way out? These are questions that are at the core of the narrative that the game presents.
In terms of gameplay, Klaus is an organic and reflexive 2D platformer, with 2 playable characters, Boss fights and interactive environments. The focus of the gameplay is on tight controls, environmental puzzles, exploration and a complex yet accessible interaction of the player with not only the characters, but also movement and rotation of objects, jump pads, platforms etc. The game is designed for the PS4 and uses the touch pad as an integral part of the gameplay.
“It is an extremely exciting game that allows us to bring our passions and our talents together to collaborate to create a cohesive, creative yet marketable product,” says Bal. “This is a project that is extremely close to our heart.”
Klaus was awarded the 2012 Square Enix Excellence Prize and was showcased at the PS Dev Summit 2014 where it received welcome attention for its unique approach and narrative techniques.
Klaus is set for release on the Sony Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita platforms that is releasing in Fall 2015. For more information, visit www.klausgame.com.