One of our favorite indie games of last year, Spiritfarer, now features a Farewell Edition that includes all previously released content. Indie developer Thunder Lotus is also celebrating an impressive milestone: over one million copies sold across PC, PlayStation, Stadia, Switch, and Xbox platforms.
Spiritfarer is an easy-going sim-management and crafting game about shepherding lost souls to the afterlife. Stella (and her cat) take up the mantle from Charon the ferrymaster, including building and customizing your own ship with crafting tables and homes for your lost souls.
Gameplay is similar to the Animal Crossing series, but on a boat, as you travel around the afterlife ocean, gathering materials and souls, planting seeds and crafting food and buildings, and making your spirits as satisfied as possible. It features a lovely hand-drawn art style and relaxing atmosphere with some light platforming action.
The Farewell Edition is kind of a marketing ploy. Yes it includes all previously released content, but it’s all been free updates. The free content updates add new spirits, items, buildings, and quests.
“All good things must come to an end,” said Nicolas Guérin, creative director, Thunder Lotus. “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: Farwell Edition is available on PC (Steam, EGS, GOG), PlayStation 4, Stadia, Switch, and Xbox One. Though it looks cartoony, it features some mature themes, characters, and language (rated T for Teen).