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Wholesome houseboat sim Spiritfarer gets its first gameplay teaser

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Spiritfarer, announced last year, looks like a perfect panacea for stress. It's a fetching resource management game that gives you a cute houseboat and tasks you with ferrying the spirits of animals to the afterlife, like Charon's nicer sister. You can get a good look at life on and off the boat in the first gameplay teaser, above. 

It's a peculiarly comforting game about death, making you host lots of chatty animals until they're ready to pass on. Beyond the boat, you can hunt down resources and gifts that you can then use to upgrade your home and please your passengers. You'll cook meals, build new rooms and befriend the critters, presumably making it bittersweet when it's time for them to leave. 

The ferry is essentially a very nice hotel, complete with services ranging from meditation rooms to sheep shearing—it covers a lot of bases. And along with the practical stuff, you can add personal touches by customising your boat, character and Daffodil the cat. Your feline pal can also be played by a co-op partner. 

The art style, wholesome tone and occasional platforming reminds me of cooking RPG Battle Chef Brigade, but I suspect that we won't be carving up monsters for snacks in Spiritfarer. 

It's due out later this year, and in the meantime you can check out our Spiritfarer impressions from PAX West.

Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long. He thinks labradoodles are the best dogs but doesn't get to write about them much.