Giant Sparrow announces The Unfinished Swan, a new PSN exclusive

Posted on May 3, 2012 - 7:00pm by Dr. Wondertainment

TLDR;

Perpetually unfinished game, The Unfinished Swan will be coming to PSN. The game will involve hurling ink at your surroundings to flesh out the world.

Back in 2008, developer Giant Sparrow released this prototype video. It was an interesting idea, but that was initially the end of it...until now. Sony today announced their plan to fund Giant Sparrow and their new project, which they have called the Unfinished Swan.

The game follows a young boy (because it's always a young boy. Even in first person, when you never see him, it's a young boy) named Monroe, as he follows a swan that has stepped off his painting, into the white space beyond. Monroe must use his paint to colour this blank world around him, hurling paint to reveal the world of the canvas. Yeah, this sounds the De Blob mixed with Epic Mickey, but it's on a way deeper level than both of those. The trailer should explain more

Yeah, kinda trippy. There's little word on how the game will play out when you're not just hurling paint at walls. The game is said to...well, in the directors own words

"So we made a game about creating a sense of wonder. Our goal is to give players strange and beautiful experiences they’ve never had before. We want to give people genuine surprises and then keep on surprising them the whole game."

Yeah, the sense of wonder... That's really great to hear about a game that at the moment is literally about watching paint dry.

The game will launch TBA exclusively on the PSN. The game will support traditional controller, and the Move, for those of you who've said you wanted to use motion controls when hurling paint at a completely white surface.

Full disclosure: This was a new Schtick I'm trying out, going away from the goofy flippant thing to a more snarky sarcastic style. Leave a note in the comments if you think its better. Or worse. Or even care.

As for what I really think, honestly, I hate to be that guy, but I'm kinda tired of Sony putting out games like this on the PSN. Datura, Papa Y Yo, Journey, Pixeljunk 4am and now this. It's like Sony just has this commitment to making every game they put on their network a deep, meaningful artistic expression of the designers soul. Can't we occasional break it up with something just kinda stupid and fun, with no deep hidden meaning?

Well, the game certainly looks unique, and I am digging its style, anyway. Tell me what you think of the game in the comments.

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