Neil Gaiman reveals video game Wayward Manor

Writer Neil Gaiman announces launch of Wayward Manor, a supernatural-themed game centred around the story of a ghost.

Renowned horror-fantasy author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust, Sandman) has announced the launch of his first video game, titled Wayward Manor.

The game follows Gaiman's trademark style in embracing the supernatural genre, featuring a ghost who seeks a peaceful afterlife. To accomplish this he must get rid of the people living in his former home.

Wayward Manor begins in the 1920s and progresses to a modern-day setting as the ghost makes an effort to be rid of residents in his home, and begins to understand the mystery surrounding his own death.

Gaiman described the game as "light hearted" and "goofy" in an interview with Mashable.

"Back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time working with various gaming companies. What tended to happen is I put an incredible amount of work in these things and just as something was about to happen, the company was about to go bankrupt." Gaiman said.

The author did not reveal any additional details surrounding gameplay, but did say that "normally, in a game, if you're in a haunted house, you are going to be walking through it intrepidly…and you keep going until you find the ghost. In this one, all you want to do is be left in peace with your lovely house".

Fans can pre-order a copy at the game's official website. Wayward Manor will be available later this year on PC, Mac, and tablets.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

57 comments
snugglebear
snugglebear

Ah, can't believe I'm just seeing this. Love me some Neil Gaiman. Highschool = reading all of Sandman

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

Gaiman, eh? This should be interesting. I sure enjoyed some of his works.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

Sounds like a 3D version of Haunt the House, which was an excellent browser game by the Super Flash Bros., who made a Minis sequel for the Vita called Terror Town (they are currently still working on finishing Detective Grimoire for Steam). If it IS like Haunt the House, I will most likely pre-order this. I love Neil Gaiman, even though I've never read his books yet. I definitely plan to, as I liked the movie form of Stardust, and Coraline interested me with how twisted it is. Sucks he's never had success until now.

EricShadow366
EricShadow366

Sounds interesting. I'll be looking forward to this.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Sooo... Beetlejuice?

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

Neil Gaiman? Count me in! Now why couldn't Guillermo del Toro get his game up and running this easily :(

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

So... where's the "title" page for Wayward Manor?

I want to click "follow", but i've a mouse without a click.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Neil Gaiman is a favorite; Neverwhere and American Gods were brilliant and entertaining reads.

So for that reason alone I am interested.  I want to learn more.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

just trying to figure out what the hell am i looking at in the picture... is that his chin is that a beard? it looks like a hairy ass or something worse...

Hurvl
Hurvl

I loved the movie's based on Coraline and Stardust and am thinking on reading some of his books, they seem very imaginative and fun. I don't know if I'll enjoy this game based on the storyline and I don't how gameplay (Gaimanplay) will turn out, but I'll keep my eyes on it. 

I loved Clive Barker's Undying, but that's quite a different type of game. I haven't read any of Clive Barker's books, but I'm also looking to change that.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

was interested in the game when i saw the name Neil Gaiman.. but not now, since it's on PC and tablets only.. well its mac too, but who really cares about mac?

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

if you have ever seen his 2012 commencement speech, its highly inspiring & worth your time to watch, if you have a job in the arts or are even someone that doesnt do it for the money. 

i havent picked up a book of his & been bored by it or felt that hes lost his touch. hes an excellent writer that knows how to draw in his audience & do it well. 

i got sad when he stopped doing comics but when he transitioned, he didnt loose that magic from transitioning from comics to books. hes one of my top 5 favorite writers. cant recommend his work enough. 

firehawk998
firehawk998

Neil Gaimans Sandman Comics series is one of my most favorite Comic Books to date and I also loved his other works ( Signal to Noise , Coraline,etc) as a fan of Gaiman and videogame I hope this game is good and have to check it out. 

Ovirew
Ovirew

That was something unexpected.  Hope it turns out well.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

Looking forward to this. I'll be looking for news about this intently until the day of the release.

tedsini
tedsini

I like to listen to his books on audio - he reads them himself and he's a great reader.  When I read a book I can never be sure that I'm getting an inflection or even a pronunciation correct, but with an author reading you get the book exactly as he or she intended.  And yeah, I'll have this game on day one.  Life is good.

gostor_lives
gostor_lives

uuuhhh upcoming new sandman and now this??!!!!!!

HEELLL YEEAAA!!!!

DJKrayz_basic
DJKrayz_basic

I have to say, we do need more grand story-telling in games...  that's what keeps people playing...

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

Awesome. This should be worth playing just for the story even if the Gameplay ends up sucking.

alienroc
alienroc

Gaiman......Game.......OMG!!! Tooo many G's in any statement I can make.....including Good....no Great.......no......gleeful.......

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

I will keep an eye on this. I trust the story and atmosphere will be great, just need to see how the gameplay holds up.

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Holy S***! Neil Gaiman is doing a f***ing game! If it happens to have awesome music *cough*Radiohead/Gorillaz/NIN/etc.*cough* it'll be all my favorite things combined into one entertaining package. Godspeed Gaiman! (T_T <--Happy)

BigFeef
BigFeef

One of my favourite authors is making a game? Where can I get it at!?!? What do you mean it's not out yet!?!!

ferna1234
ferna1234

i so loved his masterpiece: Sandman.

megagene
megagene

This is relevant to my interests. 

RedWave247
RedWave247

It sounds like a more story-driven version of Ghost Master.

Of course, Ghost Master is an awesome game, so I'm in.

starduke
starduke

BTW, what's a good book by him to start with?

deathstream
deathstream

@Holy-Rapture 

GDT's game is massive groundbreaking experience (as he envisions it).  This is an iOS/PC game. 

Also, THQ went bankrupt.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

@Hurvl First there was Gabenplay...now there is Gaimanplay.

Leboyo56
Leboyo56

@Pawfalcon This game looks like it'll be rated E10+, so don't get your hopes up for those bands to do music for it. Unless it's all instrumental, of course. 

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@starduke Agree with some others - American Gods or Neverwhere. Can't go wrong with either.

HailHellfire
HailHellfire

@starduke 

to be honest, pick up any book of his. his work is fucking excellent. it doesnt matter where you start, once you start, you cant stop

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

@starduke The Sandman Graphic Novels are his best work. (My Personal opinion, which many people share)

iHarlequin
iHarlequin

@starduke American Gods is probably his greatest work. It's a low-fantasy fiction book. I enjoyed Good Omens a lot, as well (it's a comedy/satire).