At Sony’s Playstation Experience last weekend, The Unfinished Swan developer, Giant Sparrow, released a new trailer for its enigmatic upcoming title What Remains of Edith Finch.
Narrated by a young girl, who briefly introduces some of the mysteries associated with the Finch family and its home, the trailer (embedded below) opens with the cutaway of the side of the house, displaying the interior of a number of rooms. The camera quickly cuts to a first-person view of someone flying a kite. The kite leads a trail of floating furniture as it undulates against the backdrop of a stormy sky.
From there, the viewpoint shifts again, this time into an industrial building with two large conveyor belts carrying piles of dead fish. Once again it zooms to another room and depicts a boat sailing across a map with another quick reference to the fish. The trailer ends in a first-person perspective once more, this time from the viewpoint of a child on a swing with her left leg in a cast.
These stark images are accompanied by an eerie piano melody which reinforces the trailer’s melancholic mood.
Unfortunately, no gameplay can be identified from the trailer, although Ian Dallas, Creative Director on What Remains of Edith Finch, has previously mentioned that the game’s premise is centred on anecdotal accounts of cursed members of the Finch family. The narration of this latest trailer, alongside its odd and unsettling imagery, reinforces the mysterious nature of this promised narrative.
The trailer itself seems to allude to a horror setting, although Giant Sparrow has not yet classified its intended genre, though their previous work and previous videos suggest that it may be considered a ‘walking simulator’.
For more details on Giant Sparrow’s next game, check out our exclusive interview with the developers from earlier this year.
What Remains of Edith Finch is slated to launch exclusively on PlayStation 4 in Spring 2017.