While it might seem like the perfect way to escape life’s troubles, exploring a deserted island would give even the most seasoned adventurer pause if that island turned out to have a dark past and be home to a troubled ghost. This is the premise behind Ghost on the Shore, an upcoming first-person “story exploration game” by Belgian developer like Charlie.
Players control Riley, a young woman who flees her abusive father by sailing "a rickety boat across the high seas.” Her newfound safety is short-lived, however, as one night a storm “forces her to drop anchor at the deserted Rogue Islands.” There she encounters Josh, a ghost “dead for as long as he can remember.” Josh's consciousness somehow becomes trapped inside Riley’s head, and in order for him to move on she must help him “remember his life. And death.” But to do so “without losing her mind, Riley will have to uncover the darkest secrets of the islands.”
Presented in free-roaming 3D, Ghost on the Shore tasks players with seeking out “old islanders’ belongings and the stories behind them.” Collecting and sketching items and clues found in your travels will play a key role in learning the history of the area and its inhabitants, and the information you uncover can be “pinned on the investigation wall in Riley’s boat.” Along the way, you’ll also have many opportunities to chat with Josh. Choices you make during these dialogues will shape the bond you share and influence the outcome of the game. Searching the landscape will lead you to hidden traces that trigger flashbacks to Josh’s time and reveal his long-forgotten memories. As you begin to fit these disparate pieces together, you will uncover new stories, characters and clues, and ultimately come to “understand how a family’s history led to Josh’s tragic death.”
Ghost on the Shore is scheduled to make landfall by the end of 2020 on PC, giving interested gamers plenty of time to sail over to the game’s official website for more information.