What Remains Of Edith Finch Is Inspired By Supernatural Japanese Tales

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Giant Sparrow recently announced that its upcoming story-driven adventure What Remains of Edith Finch will have a full Japanese voice-over when it arrives in Japan. You can watch the Japanese trailer with a preview of the voiceovers above.


The studio also took the opportunity to reveal that the game is heavily inspired by Japan’s tales of the supernatural. Writing on the game’s Japanese site, the studio said:


We’re very excited that our next game, What Remains of Edith Finch, will be available in Japanese. Although the game is set in the Pacific Northwest region of the US, many of our inspirations actually come from Japan. Two of our favorites are Ugetsu Monogatari and Kwaidan, two books of supernatural Japanese tales that were each turned into movies in the 50s / 60s. Our game is a collection of tales that are meant to feel mysterious, unsettling and strange, which is a feeling Japanese artists seem to capture really well. Some of our more recent inspirations include: The Woman in the Dunes, Kuroneko, and Junji Ito’s Uzumaki. Hopefully our game feels like nothing you’ve ever played before but if any of it starts to seem a little familiar, and maybe even a bit Japanese, don’t be too surprised!


Giant Sparrow was also pleased with the game’s Japanese title, which roughly translates to What Happened at the Strange Estate of the Finch Family.

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Chris Priestman
Former Siliconera staff writer and fan of both games made in Japan and indie games.