The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow has shed light on the story elements driving its upcoming PS4 exclusive, What Remains of Edith Finch.
Following in the jet-black footsteps of its predecessor will be no mean feat, with The Unfinished Swan held up as one of the best indie gems of last generation, though Creative Director Ian Dallas believes the studio’s sophomore effort can uphold that high bar for immersive storytelling.
When quizzed about the narrative of Giant Sparrow’s latest, Dallas pinpointed some of the inspirations behind its intriguing story, which include Lovecraft and revered The Sandman author Neil Gaiman.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family. Each story follows a different family member on the last day of their life, and you get to experience the moment of their death. The game’s inspired by weird fiction. Things like Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, The Twilight Zone, and a bunch of Japanese short stories, ghost stories and things of that nature. It’s a game about what it feels like to be overwhelmed, hoping to create a space where players get to experience the feeling of being very small, confronting forces that they don’t understand and cannot control.
What Remains of Edith Finch is currently slated for a 2016 release across PlayStation 4.