Headlander is the next game from Double Fine, and with news that the project lead from the wonderful Stacking is in charge I’m definitely paying attention. Borrowing the body-swapping concept from that Russian Doll-themed game, Headlander applies it more of a Metroidvania structure, with some lovely 70s sci-fi trappings and the option to graft your head onto anything from dogs to dancers. Take a look below.
Essentially, you’re playing a head, who borrows others’ bodies in order to obtain their abilities and access rights. It’s more of a puzzle and exploration thing, with some dialogue, than a shooty-bang game, but there is combat, and as you can see it looks pretty frantic.
I’m a little glum as I’ve also been chewing over a design involving head-swapping, though it turns out Headlander’s concept was first revealed as part of their Amensia Fortnight pitching session last year, so I did have fair warning if I’d paid attention.
Anyway: this looks like a lot of fun, taking Stacking’s ethos out of an adventure game and into something spectacular and silly. Hopefully it’s not too jumping-centric, but I’m really looking forwards to seeing more of Headlander. It’s due some time next year, and Adult Swim Games are pitching in with publishing.