Kent Hudson, previously known for his work on AAA titles, has decided to go it alone and create his own game, The Novelist, which is due for release on 10 December 2013. More geared towards a Beyond: Two Souls audience, then Hudson’s previous titles such as Deus Ex: Invisible War and BioShock 2, The Novelist sees you take part in an interactive narrative.
The game is about novelist Dan Kaplan and, for some unknown reason, he thinks it would be a great idea to take his family to a remote coastal home to complete his novel (because that always turns out well). It just so happens that the house is haunted (and he wondered why he got the house so cheap).
The twist is that you play the ghost and try to help the family, specifically Dan as he juggles his responsibilities as a writer, husband and father. You need to stay out of sight and read the family’s thoughts and memories before making decisions. According to the promotional blurb, “there are no easy answers, and every choice has a cost”.