Jotun taught me that learning when to say goodbye, when to stand my ground, and when to keep on pushing on, is challenging as heck. Now the developers of Jotun, Thunder Lotus, have released a Spiritfarer trailer for their brand-new title. One that specifically tells players that they will have to learn to say goodbye. What a sombre premise!
While sombre it may be, Spiritfarer is definitely not as “dark and gritty” as you might expect. Instead, the trailer shows off a vibrant and beautifully hand-drawn video game where players will interact with animal companions. More specifically, it looks like Spiritfarer is really just a game about a girl named Stella and her pets, all of which live on a boat. According to Microsoft, the game will let players build, manage, and upgrade their boat while they fish, farm, and buy and sell resources to and from local stores.
While players manage their boat and their resources, the game also has a goal to be worked towards. Stella is a ferry-master who is tasked with ferrying those who have died, into the afterlife. The Spiritfarer trailer showcases how she interacts with the various adorable creatures, and how she bonds with them, talks to them, and even laughs with them. It is, truly, a beautiful sight! With that said, it is poised to be a tear-jerker. The official tagline for the game is “Learn How to Say Goodbye” after all.
Spiritfarer is also said to support two-player co-op. Throughout the game, players will be controlling Stella as they build, upgrade, and manage their way to creating the most comfortable living spaces for their animal companions. A second player, however, will be able to join in on the fun as Daffodil, Stella’s feline counterpart.
According to Thunder Lotus, players will, whether co-op or singleplayer, “experience moving, emotional stories filled with unforgettable moments”. Players will spend “relaxing quality time” with their spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and “ultimately learn how to say goodbye”.
Spiritfarer is slated to release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows. A release date has not been set as of yet.