Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and the comic book series Sandman, is making a video game. He’s partnered with The Odd Gentlemen, the studio behind The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom, to make Wayward Manor. It’s a game about a ghost who needs to scare the living invaders out of its 1920s-era New England mansion. Gaiman says he’s had the idea kicking around for years, but couldn’t quite figure out which medium best suited it. After realizing “it felt like something you would have to experience yourself,” he settled on a video game.
Given the game’s macabre yet fanciful trappings, Odd Gentlemen is a great choice. Their prior work, Winterbottom in particular, has featured a marriage of Victorian-era style with goofy modern humor. Wayward Manor isn’t going the Kickstarter crowd-funding route, but it sounds like it will be made available in multiple acts, the first of which is poised to release this fall for PCs, Macs, and tablets. If the game is successful, Gaiman says in the announcement video (which you can watch below), he’ll be able to continue telling the story. You can pre-order Wayward Manor, along with an assortment of very Kickstarter-like bonuses—including a “spooky dinner” with Gaiman himself for $10,000—at the game’s website.