From Clive Barker to Tom Clancy, famous authors have been dipping their feet in the videogame industry for many years where some of them have created memorable stories and franchises.
Neil Gaiman, writer of over 20 memorable books including The Sandman, Coraline and much more, is joining in on the fun with the launch of his first video game, Wayward Manor.
Following his love of the supernatural and slapstick genres, Wayward Manor is about a ghost yearning for a peaceful afterlife. However, his spiritual ascendance is interrupted by intruders that has found a way into his Gothic New England estate where he used to call home. And now the ghost must find inventive and brilliant ways to scare them away.
Spanning from the 1920s to the not too distant future, the ghost will find himself trying harder and harder to keep people away from his house while finding out the truth about his death and the after-life.
“Normally in a game, if you’re in a haunted house, you are going to be walking through it intrepidly with your flashlight, your bell-book and candle, and your copy of the Necronomicon and you keep going until you find the ghost. In this one all you want to do is be left in peace with your lovely house and be left alone. I don’t want to give anything away but it’s safe to say you were killed in the 1880s and you were killed for a reason.”
Gaiman drew inspiration for Wayward Manor from films he watched when he was a kid, such as Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit and The Man Who Came To Dinner, along with his personal experience living in New England.
Gaiman did not develop the idea for Wayward Manor overnight. In fact, he has been trying to get his first videogame out since the late 1990s.
“Back in the late 1990s I spent a lot of time working with various gaming companies,” he said. “What tended to happen is I put an incredible amount of work in these things and just as something was about to happen, the company was about to go bankrupt.”
Wayward Manor also has some pre-sale opportunities in the form of limited-edition merchandise, the chance to name a game character and even a private dinner with Gaiman.
Wayward Manor is being developed by indie developers The Odd Gentleman and Moonshark and is due to be released this Fall for PC, Mac and tablets.