Hello Games, makers of everyone’s favorite No Man’s Sky, unveiled The Last Campfire during The Game Awards 2018. The teaser shown doesn’t reveal a whole lot, but it’s a grand departure from its space exploration survival game.
“The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home,” reads the video’s description.
The Last Campfire is labeled as a short adventure game. No doubt taking some cues from games like Little Nightmares, you play a small character trying to survive in a big – and creepy – world. It’ll most likely be a brief story, but so far I’m intrigued.
It’s not just the game’s colorful visuals that’ve grabbed my attention. The melancholic music and bleak surroundings paint a world leaving the ember isolated and lonely. Discovering clues on where to head next seem to be a major gameplay element. We watch as the ember brings light to a map, which should allow a sense of relief… only to see a maze stretching out. It’s a short moment, but quite revealing. The nature of The Last Campfire invokes brief moments of reprieve, only for that oppressing despair to settle in once more. This emotional investment should keep you involved, if it’s performed as well as the teaser suggests.
While darkness appears to be a pervasive theme behind The Last Campfire, it’s not so all-consuming. You’ll be able to use sources of light such as torches to illuminate the path. Also, there are some sunny areas. One such place revealed a large, sleeping pig-like monster. Our hero doesn’t do much beyond running by, but that’s probably a good thing. I mean, that is no ordinary pig! Just look at the bones!
The Last Campfire will be available on PC via Steam in 2019. You can check out the game and read more info at its Steam page.