What is a Medium, Anyway?
Bloober Team is still hard at work on The Medium, but they’ve taken a second to draw up another quick informational video that explains what a medium actually does. Which is pretty awesome, especially if you’ve been a bit confused about why a horror game is called, well, The Medium. After all, the term ‘medium’ is not inherently related to the supernatural, but protagonist Marianne spends her time poking around spooky, Silent Hill-esque otherworlds, perceiving things nobody else can, and oh yes, talking to ghosts. What’s going on here?
As it turns out, Bloober Team is using a very specific definition of the word ‘medium’: that of a person who has heightened senses and can see how the spirit world affects our own. She can also sense energy and emotions, including using psychic powers to relive past events, and even cross into other realities to commune with spirits. This gives her the ability to understand things no one else can, and will hopefully make her a very good detective, because she’s got one hell of a mystery to solve.
Still confused? If you google the word ‘medium’, you’ll find the definition looks something like this: “a middle state or condition,” “the material or technique with which an artist works,” or “one of the means or channels of general communication, information, or entertainment in society, as newspapers, radio, or television.” You may think this is completely unrelated to a person who speaks to the dead, but if so, you’d be wrong. In spiritualism, a medium is considered to be a person who acts as a middle ground between the living and the dead, who allows spirits to work through them, and who serves as a living channel of communication between our world and the next. So actually, this usage of the term makes perfect sense.
The Medium will be released for PC and Xbox Series S|X on January 28th, 2021.