How about some family history, gang? What Remains of Edith Finch [official site] is a creepy-vibed collection of family stories from Giant Sparrow. They are the folks behind colour-it-in allegory The Unfinished Swan, which was sadly a PlayStation-only adventure – but a really good one. Happy days, then, that their new tale of uncanny architecture and animal transmogrification is coming to PC. When? April 25. I already told you that in the headline. Don’t you listen?!
This trailer is from a little while ago but it sets the tone for the story, so have a gander.
It plays as a first-person game, with you as Edith wandering through the house and learning about the fates of all your other family members. She’s the last one left, as the Finch clan seems to be fond of dying. Here’s how the blurb puts it.
Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day.
The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the Finches themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death.
Judging by the trailer and some footage I have seen from the disgusting mob at IGN it feels like any creepiness is only half the appeal. The Unfinished Swan aimed for both a touching and whimsical tone whereas it looks like this, with its strange towering house and dreamlike sequences, might be a sad and surreal family anthology, as opposed to “oooooh creaky floorboards”. After all, Giant Sparrow have called it “a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.” So, er, there’s that.