EA's New Xbox One/PS4/PC Indie Game Unravel Gets Release Date, New Trailer

Yarny comes to life next year.

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Unravel, the indie game from Electronic Arts and developer Coldwood Interactive where you play as a character made of yarn, will launch worldwide on February 9, 2016, the publisher announced today. It'll be available on that date across PC, Xbox One, and PS4. A new trailer was also released today, showing off the gorgeous graphics and adorable hero Yarny.

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"Gaming is a powerful platform, able to inspire players and touch their hearts," creative director Martin Sahlin said in a statement. With Unravel, we're hoping to do just that. Yarny's quest is to mend broken bonds and the yarn represents the love and connection between people. Along the way, we'll test your cleverness with environment-based puzzles inspired by our home in Northern Sweden."

In Unravel, you'll use Yarny's thread to do things like swing across a gap or rappel down a tree. Those are basic examples, but the game will also challenge you to use the thread in "clever and creative ways," according to EA.

A handful of new Unravel screenshots were also released today; you click through the images in the gallery below to see them all.

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Unravel will cost $20 when it launches digitally across new-generation consoles and PC.

Looking for more Yarny coverage? Here's 50 minutes of Yarny sitting in front of a crackling Yule log.

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Warlord_Irochi

Totally enjoyed the little I played during Gamescom. It's on my list.

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bigbadcrawford

Lets all let EA die. Boycott EA

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bigbadcrawford

EA LBP rip off. EA can F Off. I will never buy a game with EA on it again as they abused Star Wars fans love of the franchise with ultra crappy battlefront.

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hystavito

@deadpen: Yeah "indie" gets used in different ways at different times. And yes sometimes it's used in a not so genuine way because it's a hot word these days.

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Xristophoros

looks fantastic. like a more mature and emotional version of little big planet.

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hystavito

@Xristophoros: I don't really see maturity, but the cutesy character does invoke my emotion. That's my gripe though, that's all we really have for now and yes the game is already getting huge praise.

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bigbadcrawford

@Xristophoros: emotional lol man up.

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Warlord_Irochi

@bigbadcrawford: Please, expert, tell us how to Man up.
Swearing and trashtalking and calling for boicotts like you do, maybe?
Thaks, but I rather remain a perceptive adult that understands creativity than to "man up" that way.

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Warlord_Irochi

@bigbadcrawford: Sorry if my English is not perfect; from the four languages I speak it's not my native one.

Can be complicated for somebody who uses "trolly" and "Frodo" (that's would be with a capital "F", even for the pejorative slang) while pointing other people's spelling in his comments.

You only have those, btw? from somebody that every comment he makes in this website is a desperate trolling and attention-seeking attempt, one would expect a bit of literacy.

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bigbadcrawford

@Warlord_Irochi: ok lol you don't grammer good do you. For someone who speaks four languages, perhaps that time would have been better spent learning one. Pejorative means to slander or insult. I called you frodo as an affectionate term, more of recognition of what always happens to you. There was no slang used, I missed a capital so what? Thaks lol for pointing that out trolly. You clearly can't helping projecting your flaws and insecurities onto others can you frodo? Do you need a cuddle lol lighten up. Its nearly Christmas

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Warlord_Irochi

@bigbadcrawford: Man up and use a capital F! Lead by example, manly man. :D

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bigbadcrawford

@Warlord_Irochi: spoken like a true beta. You clearly have an obssession over manliness, your either in the closet and butthurt little frodo or you have daddy issues. If its the former its okay frodo we will accept you, don't be scared. Tell you what, I'll lead by example, Im ending the dialogue with you Frodo. So you like capitals don't you, here's one just for you. F off frodo, I call you frodo cause your used to getting your ring destroyed lol.

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Hurvl

Nice setting, I live through it every year and it's really cold now, although it felt like early September a week ago. It's also supposed to be much warmer in a few days, so first winter is nowhere to be seen, then winter is coming and then it's leaving again.

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Dyshonest

> EA

> indie

Pick one.

Oh wait, Eddie Makuch. Moving on...

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jcharp

Have we suddenly changed the definition of "indie game"?

How can anything published by EA be considered independent?

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Ps_Element

@jcharp: Yeah, You and a Goiup of i don't know how may others Read my Thoughts. Once EA is in the Mix, it's no Longer Indie.

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Hurvl

@jcharp: The development studio's size and the mentality/goal/focus group of the game isn't typical for an AAA game, so that's indie, but I agree that it's weird when you have backing from an über large company like EA. Indie, just like "celebrity" (when reality TV "stars" are called celebrities) isn't what it used to be.

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sladey

Can't wait for this, seen the gameplay video and was sold instantly

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lunchbox2042

It's not really an indie game though.

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I like Indies but this game just looks straight boring.

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rafaeljabur

Keep up this amazing work guys! Congratulations! I'm sold and will support you.

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pochodemarco

20$ im all in

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immortality20

I'll be supporting this day 1, looks so good. I love platformers. First few months of 2016 already packed, going to be hell of a year with dozens of great games and awesome movies to make all nerds happy. Unless you're a hipster...then you're never happy.

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turtlesInTime

BTW, how is this ball of yarn a hero? "...adorable hero Yarny"

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immortality20

@turtlesintime: how is he not? He's sentient, no more strange than LBP, banjo or many other non human heroes.

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turtlesInTime

Its kind of cool how its body is getting thinner and thinner especially by 1:26 which I assume is near the end.

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brandiesel

@turtlesintime: I don't think it's near the end. He runs lower on yarn the more he uses. You have to keep finding little yarn balls to keep stocked up on it.

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sladakrobot

Looks awesome...just wished the yarn character would be prettier and cute.

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Hurvl

@sladakrobot: Oh dammit, now even humanoid balls of yarn can't get away from the absurd, obsessive idea this society has - that everyone needs to look pretty and/or cute!

Lol, I know that wasn't what you meant, but it just made me think of how tired I am of this idea that "ugly" characters (according to the ideals of today) can't be shown in any public medium. Be pretty or GTFO!

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SkyHighGam3r

lol They way they describe this game is ridiculous...

I laughed so hard at E3 when they announced it, I fell out of my chair.

"the yarn represents the love and connection between people" lmao so ****ing stupid.

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MrFreehuggs

For everyone who doesn't understand how it is that EA could be releasing an Indie game... The game is being developed by ColdWood which is an independent studio. EA is just the publisher. It's the same as with indie movies being distributed by Fox

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OldDadGamer

@MrFreehuggs: I respect you for fighting the good fight, dude. But it's a losing battle.

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MrFreehuggs

@olddadgamer: I'm married. I'm used to losing

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OldDadGamer

@MrFreehuggs: Wait until you have three kids.

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brn-dn

EA is also releasing 2016's GOTY two weeks after this.. PvZ Garden Warfare 2!!!!

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mersmackmaster

How can "indie" and "EA" both be used to describe a game?

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immortality20

@mersmackmaster: sane way indies can be published by sony, Microsoft, ubisoft and other large publishers.

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cip_raziel

Hm I guess everyone is thinking the same thing, EA and indie just don't go together in any positive sentence.

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hughesyboozy

How can it be a indie game when EA are involved? That makes no sense at all, seems to be the new hip word that means low budget. Indie means independent, EA are involved so it can't be classed as that...

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@hughesyboozy: People define it in different ways. I'm personally with you. I always thought Indie meant "independent of publishers". Some people define it as small teams and some as low budget.

Having a publisher behind you means they can inject some cash into your company and allow you to hire more developers. So kind of eliminates most of those definitions.

Naa I'll take true Indie devs like Team Meat and CD Projekt Red any day.

If EA wants it chances are it will be terrible anyway. They only deal in trash.

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adam4897332

This is what you called a fucking "game" EA,not lack of content battlefront or monotonous Hardline.

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@adam4897332: Lets wait and see if it lasts more than ten minutes before calling it a game.

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dominoodle

"indie game from Electronic Arts"

Uhh no. You can't be both.

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jokingjoey14

What a dumb confusing title for an article

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Ps_Element

@jokingjoey14: Hahahahahahaha!!! Agreed.