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 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.
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.’
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.