It’s not a “goodbye,” just “see you later”
Any video game that can be described as “cozy” is always a win for me, and nothing could be truer for Spiritfarer, the indie darling of a management sim and sandbox action game released by Thunder Lotus games last year. I got really sick last December, which is when I actually decided to pick it up and give it a try, and it was the ultimate comfort when I was feeling miserable. It sounds like Spiritfarer has been a great comfort to other players, too, because the game just surpassed a million units sold across all platforms. This news is exciting enough on its own, but it gets even better, because it coincides with the release of Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition.
Along with the base game, this edition will also include the brand new Jackie and Daria Update, as well as the previously released DLC, which introduced characters Lily and Beverly. Physical editions will also be available for PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch, and will include a 96-page digital art book, six collectible postcards and sticker stamp sets, and a digital copy of the game’s soundtrack. A Collector’s Edition is also coming, which will run you $199.99 and will include everything in the regular editions, as well as a fully functional Everlight Replica and a Constellation Lantern Display Box. The Collector’s Edition is set to ship in early 2022, and both versions of the game are available to purchase or pre-order now on publisher iam8bit’s website.
While we wish Spiritfarer could go on forever, Thunder Lotus has confirmed that the Farewell Edition marks the end of the release of any new updates for the game.
“All good things must come to an end,” said Nicolas Guérin, who served as the game’s creative director. “And Spiritfarer has been especially good for Thunder Lotus! For our work to be welcomed into the lives of so many people is especially gratifying, particularly given how much heart we tried to invest in the game. It was a challenging project, but telling these stories truly helped us grow as developers. We’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to all our fans for their support and for helping us reach this special milestone!”
Spiritfarer is truly a delight to play, and worth picking up this time around if you don’t have it already. It’s relaxing, poignant, and simply beautiful, which makes it a perfect game to cozy up with this holiday season.