We showed off our new game, What Remains of Edith Finch at this year’s PlayStation Experience, a weekend-long expo for everything PlayStation.
We had 4 kiosks running a playable demo of the game’s first 40-or-so minutes, including Edith’s approach to the house and the first story you find inside — that of Molly Finch, a young girl in the 1940s who gets so hungry that she finds herself transforming into a series of animals.
Demoing such varied experiences side-by-side at PSX was extremely entertaining for the team. As fans and critics passed by they would stop, tilt their heads, and ask, “These are all the same game?” Unsure what to make of our game, they would hop in line to play. Which is great because that sense of uncertainty, wondering what on Earth might be around the corner, is a big part of what we’re trying to do with the game.
We invited two first-time players up on stage to talk about what it felt like to play the game. You can watch the interview here:
Meanwhile, many other players took to twitter to share their reactions:
In honor of What Remains of Edith Finch being the best game I played at #PSX2015 I set that up as my PS4 theme. It's pretty awesome as well.
We’re excited to announce that What Remains of Edith Finch will be playable November 7th at Day Of The Devs, a free event in San Francisco bringing fans and developers together for a day of great games, music, art, and food!
What better way to celebrate a game about the mysterious deaths of a family in Washington State, than at a party named after The Day of the Dead?
It turns out that making a game that’s a collection of short stories, each with a very different protagonist, tone and gameplay is a challenge. But if you’re the sort of person who likes making and polishing a wide range of unusual mechanics and player controls it’s going to be a really fun challenge.
Sony recently announced that when our next game comes out it’ll be released in Japan with a full translation including Japanese VO!
Not content with the mildly Lovecraftian tone of the game’s English title, What Remains of Edith Finch, they’ve opted for the super Lovecraftian フィンチ家の奇妙な屋敷でおきたこと, roughly translated as What Happened at the Strange Estate of the Finch Family.
All of this is especially cool because many of our inspirations for the game actually come from Japan. For some background on all that, here’s a message we wrote for the game’s Japanese site:
We’re very excited that our next game, What Remains of Edith Finch, will be available in Japanese. Although the game is set in the Pacific Northwest region of the US, many of our inspirations actually come from Japan. Two of our favorites are Ugetsu Monogatari and Kwaidan, two books of supernatural Japanese tales that were each turned into movies in the 50s / 60s. Our game is a collection of tales that are meant to feel mysterious, unsettling and strange, which is a feeling Japanese artists seem to capture really well. Some of our more recent inspirations include: The Woman in the Dunes, Kuroneko, and Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. Hopefully our game feels like nothing you’ve ever played before but if any of it starts to seem a little familiar, and maybe even a bit Japanese, don’t be too surprised!
As part of the announcement Sony also released a version of our recent trailer with Japanese VO:
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Playing as a hungry Molly Finch in 1950, a player approaches a bird at the window…
Our upcoming game What Remains of Edith Finch made its first public appearance at E3 this past month and we couldn’t be happier with the overwhelmingly positive response! Edith appeared on a number “Best of E3” lists, got a slew of nominations, was called “the most unusual experience” of the show, and was Kotaku’s Chris Suellentrop’s favorite game of E3. Here’s what a few critics had to say…
“This collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State offered the most unusual experience of E3 2015…It’s fresh, unusual, and intriguing.”
Each story is about a different member of the Finch family and every story ends with that family member’s death. The stories are all played from a first-person perspective but the gameplay, the setting and the tone of the stories are all quite different, mirroring the family members themselves. As a player you’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last Finch left alive.
On the surface our new game looks pretty different from our first one. For The Unfinished Swan our goal was to evoke the awe and wonder of classic children’s books. With What Remains of Edith Finch we’re creating an experience that feels like opening a book of short stories and particularly the genre of Weird Fiction. But I think both games have a very similar core: what it feels like to be a child, encountering forces beyond your ability to understand or control.
Thank you to all our fans for being so patient for the last two years! We’re not sure yet when the game will be released but we’re expecting sometime in 2016. It’ll be available exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Two years after we released The Unfinished Swan on PlayStation 3 it’s now available on two new platforms: PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita!
It’s the same game, just better. The framerate is better (it’s now 60 fps), the resolution is better (it’s now 1080p), and even the music just sounds… better.
And for anyone who bought the game when it came out originally on PlayStation 3, you can download the new versions for free. Thanks to our friends at Sony Santa Monica and Armature Studios for their fantastic work on the new version!
At 2:00 pm PST today, Tuesday October 28th, we’ll be doing a show on Twitch talking about our first game, The Unfinished Swan. You can find the Twitch stream here (or at the bottom of this post).
In addition to Q&A about the game’s development we’ll also look at some of the original prototypes, talk about what’s new for the PS4 and Vita versions that are coming out this week, and do some developer commentary while we play through the first chapter of the game. In the studio we’ll have Ian Dallas (Creative Director), Ben Esposito (Designer), Cory Davis (Artist), and Juli Frankel (the game’s narrator and Ian’s aunt).
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