We last talked about beautiful physics based platform game Unravel back when it was announced at E3 2015. Now, Swedish developer Coldwood Interactive have given an official release date: You can play the game on 9 February, 2016. To celebrate the news, the studio have also published a touching story trailer, to give fans an idea of what happens in the game. It’s as emotive and relaxing as the E3 unveiling video, and shows off some great visuals.
Unravel features a small creature called Yarny, who’s made up from a ball of yarn and decides to set out on an adventure to help his creator, an elderly lady with an affinity to knitting. In the gameplay trailer released at Gamescom this year, you get to see some of the mechanics at work, including how the yarn is used to solve puzzles, as well as how balls of wool are used as save points and a way to gain more yarn to use as you travel and leave a trail.
Having seen both the trailers, it’s even more apparent how much influence games like LIMBO have had on Unravel. From the pseudo 2D movement to the way physics puzzles are implemented, you can see a lot of effort has been put into this game. It’s one of the reasons why LIMBO made it into our list of 15 games essential to your Steam collection! Also impressive is how low-key it looks, while still capturing the spirit of the Scandinavian landscape.
Personally, I’m quite excited about this one, particularly since I’ve visited the area and find it some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. It’s also an interesting move by EA, who traditionally avoid delving into new game concepts like this. The company has worked hard in recent years to shed some of the bad reputation they garnered, and it looks like part of that is to appreciate the importance of new ideas and smaller projects to impress a wider audience of gamers.
Are you excited about Unravel? What do you think of the visual style?