It appears that the endearing 2D puzzle platformer, Unravel, will be released digitally on December 9, 2015 according to the game’s page on the Xbox Store.
There has been no official announcement made concerning the game’s release. The Playstation Store listing for the title still has the release date listed as March 31, 2016, what seems to be a placeholder indicating the game is releasing in the first quarter of 2016.
Unravel, which made its debut at Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference, is being developed by Swedish studio, Coldwood Interactive for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC. It features the protagonist, Yarny, explores the world around him by using the yarn that makes up his body to solve puzzles. The trail Yarny leaves as he navigates the world is representative of the connections that we make as we go through this life according to the game’s developer and creative director, Martin Sahlhin.
The setting of the game was inspired by the hometown of Coldwood Interactive, Umea, Sweden. “We live in the sticks,” said Sahlin in an interview with Polygon. “It’s a very small town, very far north, close to the Arctic circle. There’s not a lot of people, but a whole lot of countryside. I wanted to share some of that, some of the places that I love. I think you don’t really see enough of that in video games. You tend to see more fantastical stuff.”
Previous titles released by Coldwood Interactive, such as The Fight: Lights Out and Ski-Doo Snowmobile Challenge, have not been received with the highest of praise, but EA DICE saw enough promise from the title to set-up a publishing deal with Electronic Arts. “Everyone at EA is so genuinely into this,” Sahlin said, “It would be easy to think they are being cynical and just saying, ‘oh, let’s try to be indie,’ but it’s not like that. It feels like more like dealing with people who genuinely like the game.”
Check out the trailer for Unravel below.