The video, first showcased at Microsoft‘s E3 conference, showed a loveable cast of animal characters with the legend, “get ready to say goodbye”. Developer Thunder Lotus describes Spiritfarer as a “cosy management game about dying” that aims to deliver an experience “that is both entertaining and emotionally moving”.
You play as Stella, a ferrymaster that must befriend and care for spirits before releasing them into the afterlife. While the teaser shows building a boat and exploring the world, you can also “farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas”. Two-player co-operative play with Daffodil the cat is also available.
As yet there’s no formal release date beyond a 2020 window, but the teaser did confirm that the first-party game will be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on release day.
“As soon as I heard the initial idea, it became clear to me that Thunder Lotus was where I belonged,” said creative director Nicolas Guérin. “It was as if it finally made sense, as if games could really be what I always thought they had to be. And this one would be just that. A game that matters, an experience that means something and has a purpose.”