Handmade Adventure Harold Halibut Coming To PC And Consoles In 2019

By Mike Sousa on June 20, 2018, 8:07AM EDT

Developer Slow Bros. and publisher Curve Digital have announced that the hand-crafted subterranean adventure game, Harold Halibut, is releasing in 2019 on PC and consoles.

Harold Halibut tells the tale of a clumsy lab-assistant and janitor who was born on a submerged spaceship that crash-landed on an alien planet made entirely of water. Never knowing what life was like on Earth, Harold spends much of his time daydreaming about what’s beyond the subterranean vessel in which he is bound. After spotting an unidentified swimming object, Harold becomes obsessed with uncovering the mystery behind this aquatic planet.

Harold Halibut is a narrative exploration game that combines underwater atmosphere and self-reflective humour with a unique art style. Comprised entirely of real world supplies and made in Unity, the game aims to bridge analogue and digital art. Slow Bros. sculpts, paints, and glues together the models and puppets that make up the world of Harold Halibut, while a team of digital artists renders these objects into the virtual space.

Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children. 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.

Slow Bros. designer, writer, and composer Onat Hekimoglu

You can check out the game's trailer above.

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