As the title says, The Outbound Ghost absolutely isn’t shy about the Paper Mario comparison. You can very much see where the ideas for the game came from, but The Outbound Ghost promises a much more existential story about death.
Steam describes The Outbound Ghost as:
The Outbound Ghost is an adventure RPG about helping ghosts ascend to the afterlife. The town of Outbound is, quite literally, a ghost town – a home to troubled spooks with unresolved earthly issues, condemning them to an eternity haunting their old *ahem* haunts.
Battle the past, gain new abilities, solve puzzles, and uncover the mysteries of Outbound to help its unliving residents find peace, freeing them from the shackles of their ghostly limbo.
You can see the trailer here and below:
The current release date is only knows as the vague 2022. The Outbound Ghost will be available for PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.