Neil Gaiman is an author. More than that, though, he's a master of the macabre, and a genius when it comes to fantasy fiction (American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys...). Gaiman has written many novels, plays, and other works, and now he's jumping into the video game sphere.
Gaiman has just announced the development of his latest project: a video game called 'Wayward Manor.' This game is set in New England during the 1920s, and it is every bit as spooky as you would want anything with Gaiman's touch to be.
Wayward Manor's Plot
Game players are the protagonists in this video game. Players are angry ghosts that have to try and get rid of all the people staying inside of the Wayward Manor. But, it's not that easy to get rid of those pesky people. In a video, Gaiman tells his audience that ridding the manor of numerous people will take a lot of brain work. In short, this is a game that will require some puzzle skills.
From the looks of things, the game will include all of those haunting and chilling bits that every Gaiman fan will love. The graphics look to be great, and the whole game seems like it will be really interesting to play. So, how can you get your hands on the newest Gaiman game?
Contributing to 'Wayward Manor'
Wayward Manor will be available on Mac, Windows, and certain tablets (no word yet on which tablets will support the game). The game should be released by this coming December, but fans can sign up for pre-sale now through the game's new website (whohauntsneil.com). There's more to the pre-sale too.
On the website, you will notice various pledge levels. Advanced copies of the game, lithographs, t-shirts, and various other prizes are priced modestly. If you want to spend $10,000 towards the game, you will be entered into a drawing to win a chance to dine with Gaiman in Los Angeles - a chance. If you do win, though, you'll be wise to note that accommodations and travel arrangements are not included. That price, again, is $10,000. The dinner does promise to be spooky, if that's any kind of consolation.
Will This Game Succeed?
It's hard to gauge whether or not Gaiman's latest video game will draw a lot of attention. The game could flop. For some, Gaiman is stretching it thin by creating a video game and moving away from writing. For others, any change to enter the dark world of Gaiman is an opportunity that has to be tapped.
If you're curious about the game, I recommend checking out the website mentioned above. After poking around the site a bit, I've found the whole thing to be somewhat tacky, but it could be fun to take part in a spooky game if you have nothing else to do on a particularly boring day. Is it worth paying $10,000 to dine with Gaiman? It all depends on how big of a fan you are. But, as stated previously, that $10K doesn't guarantee you a dinner spot.