Here’s A Thing: The Unfinished Swan

This one's been floating around since 2008, when a video of the game's tech demo was posted online, but now the curious first-person exploration game is on its way to PSN thanks to a new publishing deal with Sony.

The team have formed a new company called Giant Sparrow and signed a three-game incubation deal similar to the one offered to thatgamecompany.

It's not just the deal that brings the Flower and Journey developer to mind, though – The Unfinished Swan feels like the kind of game thatgamecompany and Playdead might make if they ever worked together. You play a boy called Monroe who's in pursuit of the titular swan which stepped out of a painting and stumbled into the unfinished world you now find yourself in.

The game starts in a white space, and you begin to map out your surroundings by throwing black paint, exposing a starkly monochromatic environment as it covers each surface.

That's just the beginning though: "We made a game about creating a sense of wonder," says Giant Sparrow creative director Ian Dallas on the PlayStation blog. "Our goal is to give players strange and beautiful experiences they’ve never had before. 

"We want to give people genuine surprises, and then keep on surprising them the whole game. The painting a white world stuff is actually just the first 15 minutes. After that, things get really weird."