Neil Gaiman is exceptionally skilled at world-building. You only need to have read a single story of his to know that the prospect of him writing a video game is an exciting one. He’s working with independent game studio The Odd Gentleman and publisher Moonshark to release Wayward Manor. It makes me happy that the video game is diving into a completely new story rather than adapting an already existing tale (though I’d be okay with that option too).
The game’s main character will be a ghost who just wants to float in the afterlife at peace. He has to get rid of some squatters hanging out in his former home though and in doing so, he learns more about the afterlife and his death. Gaiman says it’s light-hearted though; he told Mashable the following:
“Normally in a game, if you’re in a haunted house, you are going to be walking through it intrepidly with your flashlight, your bell-book and candle, and your copy of the Necronomicon 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 and be left alone. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s safe to say you were killed in the 1880s and you were killed for a reason.”
You’ll be able to get the game for your tablets, PC, and Mac this fall, and you can take advantage of a pre-sale with options like merchandise, the opportunity to name a character, and more.
Check out an introduction video from Gaiman after the break.