Montreal, Canada – May 27, 2021 – iam8bit, together with Thunder Lotus Games and with distribution by Skybound Games, will release the physical editions of Spiritfarer for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 27th. The PlayStation 4 ($29.99/€29.99) and Switch ($34.99/€34.99) physical editions are available for pre-order at retailers around the globe starting today. More information can be found at http://spiritfarer.iam8bit.com/.
The physical editions for Spiritfarer will include access to a 96-page digital art book, six collectible postcard and sticker stamp sets highlighting exotic locations from the game and a digital download of the game’s soundtrack, composed by Max LL. A new trailer featuring the standard physical editions can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/JGte6XoiPgI
Spiritfarer is a cozy indie management sim about dying where players take the role of Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, as she befriends and cares for spirits on their way to the afterlife. The game has been nominated in multiple categories across The Game Awards 2020, the 2021 BAFTA Game Awards, the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and is a multi-category winner at the Canadian Game Awards.
Additionally, iam8bit will release a 2xLP vinyl soundtrack for Spiritfarer, as well as a robust Collector’s Edition, both of which will be available exclusively at iam8bit.com. More details about the vinyl soundtrack and Collector’s Edition will be announced at a later date.
“We are honored to be working with Thunder Lotus Games to bring Spiritfarer to physical, giving even more gamers an opportunity to enjoy and cherish it,” said Jon Gibson and Amanda White, co-owners of iam8bit. “Spiritfarer is a beautiful game both visually and narratively, which has made collaborating with Thunder Lotus to create memorable physical and collector’s edition bonus content a real treat. We can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store with Spiritfarer fans.”
“It’s been an immense pleasure to collaborate with iam8bit on Spiritfarer’s physical editions,” said Spiritfarer’s Creative Director Nicolas Guérin. “Spiritfarer is a special game which means the world to our team, and to finally be able to hold such a passion project in our hands is so satisfying and heartwarming! I hope these physical editions find their way straight into our fans’ hearts, as the Spirits in Spiritfarer did.”
Originally released for digital platforms in August 2020, Spiritfarer celebrated 500,000 digital copies sold in April 2021 alongside the release of The Lily Update, the first of three free updates for the game to come in 2021.
Founded in 2005 and celebrating its 15-year anniversary, iam8bit is a creative production emporium that has quietly redefined the entertainment industry, time and time again. Collaborating with a plethora of partners and narrative-busting IPs, iam8bit punctuates the importance of engaging with fans directly. By creating the video game industry’s very first community events, the company injected the idea of experiential immersion into game and film marketing (back when it was simply known as “theatre”). iam8bit also played a crucial role in the vinyl renaissance, minting its first record in 2010. The company is based in Los Angeles and co-owned by Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. Visit iam8bit.com or follow @iam8bit on Instagram or Twitter.
About Thunder Lotus®
Thunder Lotus® is a maker of beautifully powerful video games. A passionate collective of AAA, indie, and mobile expats with over 40 years of combined industry experience and 20+ shipped titles, Thunder Lotus aspires to distill its visionary original IP’s into captivating interactive experiences that the team itself would love to play. Founded in 2014, Thunder Lotus recently entered its sixth year in the industry with significant momentum and ambition.
Founder Will Dubé and friends brought the hand-drawn action-exploration game Jotun to Kickstarter in July 2014. Jotun and the expanded Jotun: Valhalla Edition released to wide acclaim on all major systems from 2015 to 2018. Thunder Lotus’ sophomore creation, Sundered was initially released in 2017, and saw the release of the expanded Sundered: Eldritch Edition in 2018. Thunder Lotus’ third production, the award-winning Spiritfarer, has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide and is available now on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, and Stadia.
About Skybound Games
Skybound Games is a division of Skybound Entertainment with the capabilities to produce, develop, and license video games. The team works closely with creators to expand their unique and exceptional IP to new platforms. The Skybound Games slate houses everything from indie projects to high-budget franchise titles, with recent games including Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Baldur’s Gate, and Before Your Eyes. The studio can be found on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and at www.skybound.com.
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