The PlayStation 3-bound flOw will be released on December 19, it's been revealed. Developed by indie start-up thatgamecompany, the abstract-looking title started life as thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen's thesis research. It made an eye-catching appearance at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show, and will be made downloadable for US and Japanese PS3 owners, via the PlayStation 3's online store.
flOw, which runs at full 1080p, is a game about piloting an aquatic organism through a surreal biosphere where players consume other organisms, evolve, and advance their organisms into the abyss. It's drawn comparisons to a number of titles, from Geometry Wars to Snake, and is described by a thatgamecompany press release as "soothing and seductive."
Indeed, it certainly seduced Sony Computer Entertainment America, which has struck a deal with thatgamecompany to produce three further titles. We eagerly anticipate what the former University of Southern California (USC) students come up with next. If you want to try out flOw now, you can grab the PC version for free on the thatgamecompany website.