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Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between is as meditative as a long drive

Fellow Traveller will publish Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between in 2022. It's an expanded, philosophical reimagining of Silverstring's 2014 cult hit.
Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between screencap featuring a character reading a book on a train

As part of the first Indie Houses Direct, Fellow Traveller have announced a new title: Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between, from Silverstring Media. An expansion on Silverstring’s 2014 cult hit Glitchhikers, Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between will launch on Steam in 2022.

Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between GIF featuring an antlered character called 'hiker'

Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between promises to bring the original game’s philosophical appeal to a new year and a new audience. With an expanded scope and a chill new soundtrack, the game recreates liminal space of a long journey with a surreal narrative inspired by the creative, associative thought processing that a long drive elicits.

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Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between is a philosophical journey that focuses on the spaces between destinations, and the thoughts that naturally arise during long journeys. It’s a freeform narrative game that encourages curiosity and reflection, and places no pressure on the player to succeed, speed through, or optimise their path. Instead, Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between offers the player a ‘liminal space’ in which they have the ‘ unique experience [of] travelling into their own thoughts, guided by the characters they meet along the way.’ 

The new title isn’t a direct sequel; instead, Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between is described as a ‘reborn and reimagined’ experience that expands on the liminal, philosophical journey of the critically acclaimed original. In 2014, Silverstring’s Glitchhikers was described as ‘fifteen minutes of poetic, thought-provoking little moments’ by Indie Game Magazine.

Kill Screen went even further, praising the game’s gentle, introspective existential probing, saying: ‘Glitchhiker’s guided introspection has taught me more about the universe and myself in 15 minutes than most other games manage across a number of hours.’

Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between character where a horned character plays musical instruments in a variety of darkly lit locations

In honour of the redux, Silverstring’s original title has now been renamed Glitchikers: First Drive. It is currently available for US$9.99 or Pay What You Want on Silverstring’s website.

Glitchhikers: The Spaces Between will be released on PC and Mac in early 2022. Wishlist it on Steam.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob