That is one hell of a description for a game, isn’t it? Thunder Lotus Games certainly know how to make their game stand out. Here’s the the official blurb:
Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife. Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas.
Join the adventure as Daffodil the cat, in two-player cooperative play. Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends. What will you leave behind?
That makes the game sound an equal mixture of relaxation and heartbreak and I’m not sure I even want to play that. Anyway, here is the rather gorgeous trailer which features Stella, Daffodil,and what appears to a Drag Queen Deer. Check it out.
We managed to get our hands on the game at E3 and askewed William Dubè, president & CEO at Thunder Lotus Games, what inspired the game.
“Originally one of the main inspirations was actually Spirited Away, the Studio Ghibli film where there’s this hotel that’s taking care of spirits. So we said, ‘Well, let’s do that, but on a boat! It’s completely different! A revolutionary idea!’” he said. “We were also inspired by the Charon myth from Greek Mythology. Charon ferries the souls of the dead across the River Styx, so there’s definitely a lot of influence there as well.”
The game has an interesting twist on co-op play as you play as Daffodil rather than a second Spiritfarer. “Yes, you play as the cat!” said Dubè, “The characters are completely equivalent, Daffodil, does everything that Stella can do – even the fishing. The animations are really something to see!”
You can read our full E3 preview here.
Spiritfarer will be available in 2020 with Xbox Game Pass for PC and Console, Xbox One, Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Mac and Linux.