Unravel was shown for the first time at E3 this year on stage at the EA conference. It appears to be a puzzle platformer that stars an amazing little character called Yarny. We don’t know a lot about the game at this point, other than the fact that Yarny may be the most adorable character you will see in the video games this year!
The 2015 Electronics Entertainment Expo was held June 9th through June 14. If you are unfamiliar with E3, it’s a trade show for video game publishers and developers. This year, there were a ton of new games shown for fall 2015 and beyond. Over the new few weeks I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite games shown at the show.
Like I said earlier, we don’t know an awful lot about this game, so why is it on my “Games to Watch” list? There are a few reasons. Let’s start with graphics and aesthetics alone. The game truly looks amazing. You play as Yarny who is experiencing what appears to be the real world. From what we have seen so far, the game takes place during various seasons. There are clearly Fall, Spring, and Winter. It’s only fair to assume the game may take place over a full year, or four full seasons. But they look so great and they FEEL like seasons. In the fall we see leaves blowing around and Yarny climbing up trees. In the winter everything is covered with snow and he’s sledding. The game just feels like you are a kid, in the back yard, sharing adventures with your favorite homemade doll. It’s all so striking and in an amazing way!
The other thing we know a little about is gameplay. The game appears to be a platformer that focus more on movement than puzzles or combat. You can see Yarny climbing his yarn, making a passages, swinging like Tarzan and lassoing things. The game feels a little more akin to Limbo as opposed to something like Mario.
The biggest question mark I have right now is story. We don’t know that Yarny talks. We don’t know if there are supporting characters. We don’t know if it’s set in the real world or a fantasy world. We just don’t know much about the direction of the game. Is Yarny brought to life by magic? Is this a child’s imagination? Is Yarny looking for the answer to life? It’s very early, but these are the questions that I look forward to getting answered.
*Director Interview thanks to Andy Robertson (FamilyGamerTV)
At the end of the day though, this is a game that I cannot wait to play. It’s appears to be more of an experience, which are some of my favorite games of recent memory. Joining the ranks of Limbo and Valiant Hearts and Journey and Brothers, Unravel has the potential to be something very very special. We don’t have a release date yet, but my guess is we will be playing this early in 2016.
More Info about Unravel can be found here:
Unravel Official Site