If anything can be said of Giant Sparrow’s first game, 2012’s delightful The Unfinished Swan, it is that it is certainly unique. Though the developer’s next game, the PS4 exclusive, What Remains of Edith Finch, may be headed in a different direction overall, the team’s strange uniqueness shines through once more. Announced back at PSX in December, Edith Finch is a collection of short stories, each exploring the weird deaths of each member of the eccentric Finch family.
While Giant Sparrow has been rather tight-lipped about the game since it was first announced, today Ian Dallas, Creative Director at Giant Sparrow, took to the PlayStation Blog to show off just what it is they have been working on, specifically, focusing on the family home the player will be exploring. Dallas explained, “As Edith, players will be exploring this house and eventually unlocking bedrooms for all the various family members. Inside each bedroom is something that tells a story about that person’s life (like a diary, or a collection of photos, etc).”
“The Finch family house, by the way, is crazy. The family has been living here for the last hundred years and each generation adds on to it. By the time Edith arrives the house is an enormous artifact influenced by a range of eccentric, stubborn folks. Hopefully it’s also a place that comes across as believable and familiar. Our goal has been to make the house feel fantastical but at the same time like it was all made out of stuff you could buy at Home Depot.”
Overall, Dallas said, they were going for surreal but familiar, offering, “The deaths in each of the stories are a little bizarre but the really strange thing is death itself.”
What Remains of Edith Finch doesn’t have a release date yet, but according to the trailer we can expect it sometime in 2016. Are you intrigued by Giant Sparrow’s newest project? Let us know in the comments.