It sounds silly and overblown to call a game the next Portal, but after watching the trailer above a couple times, it’s hard not to do so.
The video, uploaded earlier this week, shows off an untitled game currently being called The Museum of Simulation Technology, created by some students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center.
Instead of thinking with portals, though, you’ll have to do something the painters of the middle ages spent a while trying to grasp: thinking with perspective. I don’t mean that you have to remember that there are less fortunate people in the world (though you should, it keeps you humble). Rather, everything you see in the demo is simultaneously at arm’s length and across the room.
Watch as the demonstration walks through some of the mechanics, like using a small crate to bridge a massive gap or enlarging a fan to blow large objects around. With some polish, this mechanical demonstration could be a fun, fascinating puzzle game. I hope Valve (because, who else?) is smart enough to pick these students up like they did the Portal designers.
This idea, though in its early stages, looks like too much fun to get passed up.