Hello Games, the developers behind No Man’s Sky, made a surprising announcement during The Game Awards 2018. The indie studio has been working on a new game called The Last Campfire, a game about “a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home”.
Sean Murray, Hello Games head honcho, promises that The Last Campfire will be a game to keep an eye on. According to Murray, the game is set in a wilderness of “lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins”.
The game is being developed by Hello Games employees who previously worked on LostWinds, for Frontier Developments. Murray states that The Last Campfire is like one of those “Pixar shorts… a way to foster creativity and new voices”. In a way, the new title is a Hello Games Short. That has a nice ring to it!
Both the presentation and the name made me think of From Software’s incredible Darksouls series. While not much is known about the title beyond what Murray revealed at The Game Awards (2018), I am already quite intrigued. The art style seems to be vector-based, with a tiny bit of colour-play going on to emphasise certain aspects. If the trailer is anything to go by, The Last Campfire also features quite a spectacular soundtrack. However, only time will tell if the game lives up to the studios promises.
The tale of No Man’s Sky is an interesting one. The game released to decent scores, but ultimately fans were not impressed by just how much of what was promised ended up being left on the cutting room floor. Since then, the studio has turned the game around and made it a lot better than The game players booted up at launch. Clearl the studio has had more time then they have let on to make an entirely new “short”. The fact that there is no release date for The Last Campfire is also very much a good thing. Hello Games should get to work on it for as long as is needed, lest we not get the same controversy again, right?
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