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Introducing What Remains of Edith Finch, a New PS4 Exclusive


Ian Dallas's Avatar Posted by on Dec 06, 2014 // Creative Director, Giant Sparrow

What Remains of Edith Fitch
Our first project, The Unfinished Swan, was not a horror game.

It was a surreal first-person painting game inspired by our love of classic children’s books. But when people saw our original prototype, of splattering an all-white landscape to reveal the world around you, lots of players assumed it was going to be a horror game.

Which was weird because at Giant Sparrow we don’t really make horror games. We make strange experiences that give players a chance to explore things they’ve never seen before. The Unfinished Swan wasn’t meant to be scary but I think it ended up feeling that way for a lot of people because it was so unfamiliar. And there’s nothing scarier than the unknown.

That brings us to our next game, What Remains of Edith Finch, which we’ve just announced. I think a lot of people are going to assume it’s a horror game too. This time around they’re a bit closer.

What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.

Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as different as the family members themselves. The only constant is that each story is played from a first-person perspective and each ends with that family member’s death. 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.

It may sound like a horror game but it isn’t. And by that I mean it’s not a game that’s designed to scare people. Instead, we wanted to make something that feels like looking up at the night sky and being simultaneously amazed by the majesty of the universe and humbled by how fragile and short your own life is. Like The Unfinished Swan, it echoes what it feels like to be a child: encountering forces beyond your ability to understand or control. That can definitely feel scary, but it isn’t meant to.

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More than anything this game was inspired by growing up in Washington State and being surrounded by forests, mountains and oceans where nature often feels both beautiful and unsettling.

What Remains of Edith Finch is being published by our friends at Sony Santa Monica and it’ll be available sometime in 2016, exclusively for PS4.

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+ dizeeStL on December 6th, 2014 at 11:55 am said:

Looks pretty interesting but its pretty disappointing to show off something that won’t be out until 2016.


+ Robbie_G_lrish on December 6th, 2014 at 11:58 am said:

I’ll be waiting.


+ shangoatV on December 6th, 2014 at 12:01 pm said:

dear esther+gone home?


+ italodancemp3 on December 6th, 2014 at 12:20 pm said:

I guess a Vita version would be nice :)


+ Sanspants on December 6th, 2014 at 12:33 pm said:

Is Loscil part of the game’s soundtrack or was his music only used for the trailer?


+ komentra on December 6th, 2014 at 1:09 pm said:

Not much is known about the game but it definitely has my interest. Plus the selection of locale happens to be one of my favorite places in the entire world from a pure beautiful nature aspect.

I’ll probably buy it just because of that alone.


+ plaztiksyke on December 6th, 2014 at 1:14 pm said:

this game and Day of the Tentacle were the two main stand-outs for me.

will your other games be coming to PS4 in the meantime?


+ Elvick_ on December 6th, 2014 at 1:48 pm said:

Looks great, can’t wait to see more.


+ F1rsTag on December 6th, 2014 at 6:49 pm said:

I’m intrigued. I loved The Unfinished Swan so naturally I’m looking forward to this.


+ PanTheMan16 on December 7th, 2014 at 10:52 am said:

After experiencing The Unfinished Swan, I have complete faith in Giant Sparrow and I’ll be pre-ordering this as soon as I can.
Only other studio I believed in this much is TGC, but after their HORRIBLE game “Journey”, you guys are now #1. Never stop being yourselves. Never let success and constant praise make you complacent. The gaming industry desperately needs you.


+ Welmosca on December 8th, 2014 at 10:58 am said:

A game from the makers of Unfinished Swan+PS4 exclusive+Santa Monica help?…….count me in,this is almost a day 1 buy for me already.Seriously can’t wait to see more about it.


+ chrisgomez3030 on December 10th, 2014 at 11:52 am said:

Great to hear this will only be for ps4, Ben following this game for a while and hope it arrives soon.

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