PAX Online 2020: Projection: First Light – Current Impressions

We first demoed Projection: First Light back in 2018 at PAX East, when it was still solely titled Projection, and the floor staff giving the demo were nervously describing their game with a hint of uncertainty and trepidation in their voices. We loved the game. We played through the demo and brought each of our team members to the booth to ensure each of us had a chance to enjoy it.

We talked about it during and after the event, and named it the “best in show” for PAX East 2018. Since then, we’ve sought it out at subsequent PAXes—and needless to say, we were thrilled to see it appear on the list for PAX Online with a release date attached.

Here’s a touch of what we said about the game in 2018:

“The artistry and innovation in Projection are stunning, leaving the player wanting more and aching to return to the game. Yes, it might look like Limbo or Typoman or Inside, but trust us when we say Projection stands in a category all its own.”

And in trying the demo currently available for PAX Online… well, our feelings haven’t changed. There are slight differences since those early days, but the same magic is there. The same joy of gameplay—Projection: First Light is one of those titles that evokes a sense of wonder and curiosity, not to mention delight at the cleverness of how the puzzles and platforming is presented.

As with every demo for this title, the PAX Online demo was short. Too short. But that’s probably just because we’ve waited years to play this in its entirety, and are feeling a little impatient. (We can only imagine how the developers are feeling!)

You can read our full thoughts on the 2018 demo right here: …and really, nothing has changed.

We still love it. We still think everyone should try it. And we’re really, really excited for Projection: First Light to be released to the world on September 29th.

PAX Online Listing Information:

  • Available on iOS / macOS / Microsoft Windows / Nintendo Switch / PlayStation 4 / Xbox One
  • Genre Action & Adventure / Platform / Puzzle
  • Release date 29 September 2020

Projection: First Light follows the adventures of Greta, a girl living in a mythological shadow puppet world, as she embarks on a journey of self-enlightenment with the assistance of legendary heroes from each culture she explores.

Accompanied by atmospheric visuals and an ethereal soundtrack made with antique instruments used for shadow puppet performances, Projection: First Light takes players on an inclusive voyage through the history of shadow puppets as it evolves through Indonesia, China, Turkey, Greece, and 19th century England.

Early in her expedition, Greta takes control of a source of light and learns of her ability to manipulate it. Shadows become platforms and walls, other elegant and imaginative solutions irradiate puzzles, and enemies can be dispersed – as Projection: First Light explores themes of worldliness, respect and understanding.


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