Having already make his mark in genre comics, movies and television, Sandman creator and living legend Neil Gaiman is dipping his toes into the infinite realms of video gaming with his first interactive project: Wayward Manor.
Fresh off his appearance at the 2013 Comic Con International San Diego, it was announced that Gaiman will be writing the script for a game called Wayward Manor, which will then be developed by The Odd Gentlemen (The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom) for release on PC and Mac, with later plans for mobile platforms.
Not straying far from Gaiman’s comfort zone of the gothic and supernatural, Wayward Manor is the story of ghost ‘living’ in a 1920’s-style Victorian manor whose peaceful un-life is disturbed by unwelcome visitors. Our ghost hero must find a way to use his supernatural status to not only scare the living off, but uncover the truth about his own death.
Gaiman and The Odd Gentlemen have their work cut out for them as similar themed games with ghost-heroes have been met with varying degrees of success in the past dating as far back as 1993's Haunting: Starring Polterguy for the Sega Genesis up to the recent 3DS release of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and the upcoming Square-Enix title Murdered: Soul Suspect. Only time will tell if one of comic book history’s greatest storytellers can successfully transition to gaming and break this mold.
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