By Leah McDonald / August 18th, 2020
Help ferry the souls of the dead to the afterlife in Thunder Lotus’ newest title, Spiritfarer, now available on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store.
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.
“I will say that it’s been pretty tough keeping this launch under the radar!” admits Spiritfarer Creative Director Nicolas Guérin. “We took what is by far our biggest, most ambitious production yet, and decided to up the ante by releasing Spiritfarer simultaneously on almost every system under the sun. Our fans have been so patient, waiting for us just to say ‘when’. Well, I’m happy to tell them: the time is now! Spiritfarer is a game that’s near and dear to our hearts, so we hope you’ll set sail with us.”
oprainfall’s Josh Speer had a chance to look at the game twice last year, during the Media Indie Exchange and at PAX West. He writes: “Spiritfarer is a very different take on death. Normally we shun and avoid death, but in Spiritfarer, the story is all about welcoming and coming to terms with death. Which is a very different take from the fine folks at Thunder Lotus. But it makes sense, since you can only do edgy, violent games about life and death for so long without getting a bit worn out. So as much as I personally love games like Sundered, I’ve come to really respect what Spiritfarer is trying to accomplish.”
The game is available for $29.99, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate holders can play the game for free.
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