A few months ago, I stopped what I was doing and watched this trailer for Giant Sparrow‘s upcoming video game, What Remains of Edith Finch. Given that their last game was the mesmerizing and oddly beautiful Unfinished Swan, my hopes were definitely high. Luckily, the trailer is an all encompassing package of dark, goosebump-inducing intrigue. You know, the kind that sends a shiver down your spine and jolts you awake (in a good way, of course).
Edith Finch is a story-driven game about family and the road we all inevitably take at some point or other to figure out our unique personal history. Where did we come from? Who was before us? How did they die? You’ll follow Edith, the last surviving member of a cursed family in Washington, as she dives into the depths of her family tree. The game is structured as a series of short stories, meaning you’ll actually get to experience the life of each family member. Each story will end tragically, in that family member’s death. Is your arm hair standing on its end yet?
The timeline ranges from the early 1900s to the present day, which is an element that I’m super excited about. Because we’re talking about a relatively small-scale story expanding into the greater world, and I expect things might get a teensy bit unpredictable. I’ve never been anybody in any other time period, but I can kind of imagine what things were like, say, 50 years ago. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine what life was like in the early 1900s.
If all that sounds as intriguing to you as it does to me, this chat with Giant Sparrow’s Ian Dallas is an absolute must. He walks you through the game and the challenges in building it, and discusses its comparisons to Unfinished Swan. There are also a couple of fans who have played the demo, and they share their reaction to the game and all its transforming, bizarre, surprising, and thought provoking elements.
You’re in the thick of it now. There’s no turning back! Follow the Edith Finch blog here, and tell your friends to follow suit. This one’s gonna hit hard.
Are you excited for What Remains of Edith Finch? What do you think of the story? Don’t hold back; let us know in the comments below.
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