Writer Neil Gaiman Ventures Into Gaming With Wayward Manor

The acclaimed author and writer of many, many great books Neil Gaiman has announced his entrance into the world of video games with Wayward Manor. The game is described as a puzzle/adventure game hybrid, and Gaiman is teaming up with the developers The Odd Gentlemen, makers of P.B. Winterbottom.

Best known for his work on the Sandman series of graphic novels, and the novel-turned-animated film Coraline, Gaiman explains that the story didn’t begin as a game, but developed into one as he further developed it.

“For quite awhile, there’s been a story that I wanted to tell. Something inspired by the kinds of films I loved when I was a kid—things like Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit, The Man Who Came To Dinner. These crazy, mordant, playful funny, weird, things that they made in the first half of the 20th century.

“But I kept running into the same problem which is it didn’t really feel like a novel. It felt like something you would have to experience yourself.”

No gameplay is shown in the introduction vid, except to say that the first piece of the game should arrive in the fall. As part of the release, Gaiman is also offering fans a pre-sale opportunity that includes limited-edition merchandise, the chance to name a game character, and even a private dinner with the author himself. It’s headed to PC, Mac, and tablets.

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