What Remains of Edith Finch is a Gorgeous, Time-Hopping Genealogical Adventure from the Makers of The Unfinished Swan

By Matt Wales on at

After the bombast and spectacle of last night's Video Game Awards, it's nice to have something a little more low-key to kick off Friday morning. And "low-key" seems like the perfect way to describe What Remains of Edith Finch, an intriguing new narrative adventure (read: probable walking simulator) from Giant Sparrow, the team behind the ambitiously artsy The Unfinished Swan.

If the name sounds familiar, What Remains of Edith Finch was originally announced as a PlayStation exclusive early last year before disappearing completely into the ether (a fact that had somehow passed me by, so thanks to Tino in the comments for pointing out that I'm a terrible, inattentive human being). Now though, it's resurfaced with a new publisher, and is no longer a PlayStation exclusive. However, here's the moody trailer that formed part of Sony's original 2015 reveal.

What Remains of Edith Finch follows the adventures of the titular Edith as she explores her ancestral roots in Washington State. It's being pitched as a collection of diverse, time-hopping short stories, in which you're able to experience the lives of different members of the Finch family first-hand.

The only constant, we're told, is that each story vignette plays out in first-person, and ends with the death of that family member, adding an extra element of mystery to what already looks like a beautifully atmospheric game.

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch is being published by the newly formed gaming division of Annapurna Pictures (the Hollywood Studio responsible for the likes of American Hustle, Her, Zero Dark Thirty, and Sausage Party), and is set for release on PS4 and PC early next year.