One of the strangest games revealed during the recent PlayStation 5 game showcase was undoubtedly Capcom’s mystery sci-fi project known as Pragmata.
Pragmata‘s mysterious trailer showcases what appears to be an astronaut wandering through the seemingly empty streets of what we believe is supposed to be Times Square. We see the lone figure utilize a device that allows them to view a holographic representation of life in this area.
Things soon get even weirder as a child appears who most certainly doesn’t look like a hologram and even interacts with a hologram of a cat. It’s not clear where this child comes from, and even our astronaut protagonist seems to be surprised by their sudden arrival.
Suddenly, things get worse for these two as we see quite a bit of static and interference fill the screen before they are thrust into the sky. The two are about to collide with a satellite when the child’s eyes begin to glow and she interacts with another gadget in the astronaut’s repertoire. That gadget produces a protective net which the astronaut uses to shield them from danger.
Even still, the pair continue to float upwards and eventually reach outer space. The preview ends with them standing on the moon overlooking Earth as we all start wondering what just happened.
Truth be told, we really have no idea what to make of this footage. Many are already comparing the trailer to a Hideo Kojima game due to its general aesthetics and lack of clear explanations. Some even suspected that this could be a trailer for Death Stranding 2 when it first began playing. Given the design of the astronaut’s suit and the array of devices at their disposal, we’re not surprised that many jumped to that conclusion.
While we don’t know quite what to make of Pragmata at this early stage, we’re quite excited to learn more about it. Not only does the early footage of the game suggest a compelling sci-fi story and universe, but the truth of the matter is that Capcom has been on a bit of a hot streak recently, and we’re thrilled to see them escape the nostalgia of their established franchises in pursuit of something new. Of course, with games like Resident Evil Village on the horizon, we know they won’t completely abandon their roots in favor of such IPs.
In any case, check out this trailer for yourself to see if you can make sense of it:
Pragmata is set for a soft 2022 release date, so don’t expect to hear much more about it for quite some time.