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Everybody has to go sometime. Unfortunately, coming to terms with one’s own mortality – or the mortality of those closest to us – is one of the hardest things we can do in life. That seems to be the basis of Thunder Lotus Games’ (Jotun, Sundered) newest title, Spiritfarer, described succinctly as “a cozy management game about dying.”

Just announced at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 press conference (and confirmed for Switch via press email), Thunder Lotus describes the game as thus:

In Spiritfarer, you play [as] Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased. 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.

With Thunder Lotus’ trademark hand-drawn 2D animation and some gorgeous use of color and character design, combined with a truly intriguing premise, Spiritfarer looks to be imparting some hard lessons on life with beauty and style. It’s due out tentatively in 2020, but in the meantime you can check out the announcement trailer:


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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.