What Remains of Edith Finch is a new horror game from indie studio Giant Sparrow (who brought us the beautiful The Unfinished Swan), and it looks like it’ll be a good one.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a pretty classic haunted house exploration game, but it takes this in a new direction by making it not just about one character, but rather a series of short stories. Each story features a different member of the Finch family, and the dates range from the early 1900s to present day. Each is from the first person perspective of that family member, and each story ends in their death. All of the stories are pieced together by Edith Finch, who is trying to figure out why she’s the last member of the Finch family alive. The house itself is an odd ramshackle of a building, like a castle built by a child forced to use anything but blocks as building materials; it’s very reminiscent of the Winchester Mystery House.
The comparison to Gone Home is an easy one to make: it’s about exploring a house and finding out about the people that live there, it stars a young woman, it’s set in Washington State. But What Remains of Edith Finch is a very different game. The different perspectives alone offers a very different gameplay experience, and might feel more satisfying than Gone Home‘s letters and documents. They also have very different influences. The main one being classic children’s stories and Weird Fiction stories, a genre that is commonly associated with H.P. Lovecraft. Imagination plays a large part in this game, and sometimes you’ll play not just every day activities of the people in the house, but their dreams and fantasies as well, like the above chapter with Molly Finch, where you play as the animals she imagines herself as in her diary entries. The team also had a lot of Japanese horror influences as well, which you can see in the greyish green hue that saturates the House Introduction trailer.
What Remains of Edith Finch will be a PS4 exclusive and release sometime in 2016.
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