Firewatch, an upcoming first-person adventure video game developed by Campo Santo and published by Panic, released seventeen minutes of gameplay today. The video really showcases the unique gameplay and captivating animation style of the team at Campo Santo.
Firewatch is set in the vast and beautiful forest of Wyoming, Michigan. Playing the role of a volunteer forest ranger named Henry, it's your job to care for the forest from the safety of your watchtower, while your only contact to the outside world is a woman named Delilah who you communicate with via radio. This unique and interesting mechanic really makes you feel alone out in the wilderness. The ranger soon uncovers some clues about the mysterious occurrences happening in the surrounding area, which might be related to the recent break-in of his watchtower. There’s very little information on the story at the moment, however, from everything we’ve seen so far it seems to be very interesting and unprecedented.
The seventeen minutes of gameplay below shows Henry’s second day on the job as a forest ranger. Someone the previous night broke into the watchtower and stole his sheets, resulting in the ranger freezing the following night, and the video continues from on there. The gameplay covers several features that the game has to offer, most notably how the map, landmark navigation and the conversation system works. Players have the ability to choose from a number of dialog options when in conversation with Delilah, and your choices will ultimately define the relationship you have with her. You can also interact and pick up many different objects, giving players a more in-depth experience. The graphics are very well-done, along with fantastic ambient sounds such as the wind, water, and birds, which all create an immersive experience for the player. Also worth mentioning is the characters voice acting, both Henry (voiced by Rich Sommer) and Delilah's (voiced by Cissy Jones) voices are spot on and are very believable. All in all the game is shaping up to be a unique and interesting title and I can't wait to see how it turns out!
Firewatch is to be released on February 9th of 2016, and will be made available on the PlayStation 4, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS.