Beautiful “cosy game about dying” Spiritfarer gets a surprise release today

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting word on Spiritfarer, Thunder Lotus’ “cosy game about dying”, today brings a happy surprise; it’s out right now on PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.

Spiritfarer has quite an unusual premise, casting players as Stella, a “ferrymaster to the deceased”, who builds a boat to roam a mystical ocean and escort animal spirits toward the afterlife. “Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers,” says Thunder Lotus, “create lasting memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends.”

The end result is a genteel experience melding the likes of conflict-free platforming, farming, fishing, cooking, mining, crafting, and more. It can even be played co-operatively with a friend, who’s able to assist in the adventure as Daffodil the cat.

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