You heard me!
Neil Gaiman, known and loved around the world for brilliantly weaved stories like Stardust and Coraline as well as his time in the DC/Vertigo universe (“The Sandman,” “Black Orchid”) is now dipping a bunch of toes into the gaming world by teaming up with Los Angeles-based indie game studio The Odd Gentlemen (The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom) to create Wayward Manor.
Set in the 1920’s, this puzzle and action/adventure hybrid game stars a ghost who progresses throughout time to a modern-day setting getting rid of unwanted residents in his home while slowly learning why and how he died.
Gaiman himself was a bit mum on further details but DID divulge that “normally in a game, if you’re in a haunted house, you are going to be walking through it intrepidly…and you keep going until you find the ghost. In this one, all you want to do is be left in peace with your lovely house.”
But don’t take MY word for it, let’s hear it from Neil himself! (See what I did there?)
So why did Gaiman wait so long to venture into a genre that seems practically tailor-made for his writing? Simply put, money…or rather, the companies running out of it and folding. “Back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time working with various gaming companies. What tended to happen is I put an incredible amount of work in these things and just as something was about to happen, the company was about to go bankrupt.”
The cast of Wayward Manor
I poked around the official website to see what I could see; here you can get to know the cast, read the dev blog, pre-order the game and yes, find out how to have that oh-so-special dinner with Gaiman himself…I gotta tell ya, that chance to name an NPC (non-playable character) in a Neil Gaiman game sounds pretty freakin’ sweet!
Pretty smart to offer Kickstarter-like perks without actually having to USE Kickstarter.
I know what you’re thinking: “WHEN’S IT COMING TO XBOX AND PLAYSTATION?!”
First of all, stop yelling.
Second of all, Wayward Manor is currently scheduled for PC/Mac and tablets only BUT I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of it showing up in the Xbox Live Arcade or PSN someday.
Current target release date is October/November of this year and I look forward to checking it out!
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