Singularity has age control, not time travel

Thursday, 23rd April 2009 12:20 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Bet you all thought Raven’s Singularity was just going to be “another” time-travelling shooter, didn’t you?

Not so. The nuclearafied Cold War FPS allows you to control the age of objects, not the flow of time.

We know because we asked. See:

VG247: The whole “time-control” mechanic is pretty well-worn now. How will Singularity freshen it up?

Jon Zuk, Singularity creative director: Using the Time Manipulation Device or TMD, the player can control the age of objects but not time itself. Many objects can be manipulated and these changes in age are permanent in most cases. When an object is changed in time, it can shift between the current day state and a state as it existed some 60 years in the past, when an accident occurred on the island. The TMD is an amazing piece of equipment, developed far, far ahead of its time. It uses E-99 as a power source, enabling you to effectively change the time-state of different objects, and beings, on Katorga-12. You can use the TMD on objects like ammo crates, gas-filled barrels and electrical equipment, for starters. Aging and renewing things like chains or even concrete supports can let loose heavy or explosive objects to fall on unsuspecting enemies. The TMD also has a Time Stasis feature that allows you to grab items and sustain them in time. A practical and rewarding use of the Time Stasis is grabbing enemy grenades and throwing them back at them – the stasis field nullifies the grenade’s timer so it won’t explode while you’re holding it.

Sound puzzlery.

Singularity is set on a Soviet island after a nuclear experiment goes wrong.

The game’s one of three new IPs Activision’s releasing this year, the other two being Radical’s Prototype and Bizarre racer Blur.

Watch for more from E3.



  1. Lutz

    Sounds like a potential for disaster, in that the TMD will onl work on objects that they allow it to work on.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Could I use some on the missus? :-D

    /is careful not to put too much on

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Lutz

    Blerk; Granny chaser, confirmed.

    But no nercophilia.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Blerk

    It makes things younger, you clot! :-D

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Lutz

    It does both! Shoulda gone to spec savers bud! :)

    Aging and renewing things like chains or even concrete supports

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Oh right. I’d better make sure I get it the right way round as well, then.


    #6 6 years ago
  7. Lutz

    I’d recommend a quick 20 year blast to your own eyes too. ;)

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Who said that?

    #8 6 years ago
  9. anasui

    my word, you two are better than Morecambe&Wise

    game’s interesting enough, almost sounds like a Bioshock/2. Thats why it will fail :p

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    We’re certainly not as dead.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Lutz

    my word, you two are better than Morecambe&Wise
    AWTFAY? Lenny bloody Henry?

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Lutz

    We’re certainly not as dead.

    Althought TBH, Blerk is dead inside. Famous for it. Husk of a man. Shell of a gamer.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Blerk

    And you always do “Bring Me Sunshine” without telling me, you bastard.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Lutz


    /secretly hoardes sunshine that he’s been brought

    #14 6 years ago
  15. anasui

    carry on :D

    #15 6 years ago

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