It’s hard to stand out in a world of video games, but Harold Halibut has an intriguing and ambitious look that may place it above the fray. The narrative exploration game centers on a lab assistant who was born on a submerged spaceship that crash landed on an alien planet that consists entirely of water. Harold spends his liquid days and nights dreaming of what Earth would have been like and he eventually becomes determined to find the mystery behind his adopted home.
Developer Slow Bros. created the models and puppets that inhabit the Harold Halibut universe, and a group of digital artists have rendered these objects into a virtual existence.
“Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children,” said Slow Bros. designer, writer, and composer Onat Hekimoglu. “We soon started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in our bedrooms. The result works like a game but it looks like a stop motion film. Welded metal, carefully sewn textiles against tiny wooden floorboards, and clay faces the size of walnuts pull the player into Harold’s world.”
Published by Curve Digital, this hand-crafted title comes out in 2019 on PC and consoles. The Harold Halibut announcement trailer is visually jaw dropping and refreshingly offbeat – check out the video and tell us what you think!