Neil Gaiman's game dev debut is Wayward Manor

Neil Gaiman, the man behind Sandman, American Gods and Stardust has finally announced he’s dipping his toes into the murky waters of video game development. His debut project – Wayward Manor is due out before the end of the year, and sounds like pretty much the sort of thing you’d expect from the author – a grumpy ghost, a haunted house, and a second chapter following soon after.

Of course, Gaiman is not alone: Wayward Manor is currently in development at The Odd Gentlemen (that is, the studio behind The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom). It’s due out on PC, Mac and tablets before the end of the year.

The game takes you to a Victorian Gothic pastoral estate way back in the 1920s – the original owner has died, and his hopes of a peaceful afterlife have been rudely interrupted by a “remarkable” cast of intruders. Obviously, the only solution is to scare them away… but that’s easier said than done.

While you snoop on your houseguests and determine the spookiest scares, your ghost will also learn more about death, the after-life, and new dangers that threaten us all.

Want in on all of this? Head over to the Official Wayward Manor website and plonk down a pre-order for just US$10. Want a soundtrack? $30. A digital art book? $45. If you have a spare US$10,000 lying around, you can even snag a super-spooky dinner with Gaiman himself…

Despite the tiered rewards, this is not a Kickstarter. The Odd Gentlemen and publisher Moonshark have enough money to release the first chapter of Wayward Manor, but – like all good stories – one chapter is not enough. The money raised by selling copies of Chapter 1 will go towards funding Chapter 2… and so on. If you want more Gaiman, better let them know!

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