The critically acclaimed game Unpacking is set for a PlayStation launch this Spring. The development team at Witch Beam and Humble Games announced the news earlier this week. They also declared their partnership with Limited Run to release physical (and digital) copies (that include a collector’s sleeve) of Unpacking on the PS4 & PS5 along with the Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders for the game can be made now while we wait for more details in the coming weeks.
Released late last year, the “zen” experience of Unpacking won numerous awards from everywhere including the Game Developers Choice Awards, SXSW Gaming Awards, D.I.C.E. Awards, BandLab NME Awards, Australian Game Developer Awards and Can I Play That? Accessibility Awards. Unpacking was also nominated in several categories from the BAFTA Game Awards, IGF Awards, Game Development World Championship Awards, Gayming Awards, GLAAD, and Video Game Accessibility Awards.
The game is centered around, “the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration, players are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life they’re unpacking. Over the course of eight house moves, they are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character they never see and a story they’re never told.”
A list of key features are laid out below detailing the game’s coming release. On top of the game, Witch Beam is also putting Unpacking’s full soundtrack on vinyl for easy and enjoyable listening.
Unpacking a home – from a single bedroom to an entire house
Meditative gameplay with no timers or scores
Exploring domestic environments with all their nooks and crannies while you stack plates, hang towels, and arrange bookshelves
Discovering a character’s story through the items that come with her to each new home (and the items that get left behind)
Soundtrack by BAFTA award-winning composer and audio director Jeff van Dyck