No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games revealed their next project, The Last Campfire, during the 2018 Game Awards.
It seems like this game is really just a passion project for a few of the people working within Hello Games. That would seem to suggest that quite a few people are still working on updates to No Man’s Sky. Regardless, the few people that are working on this game have certainly created something intriguing.
The Last Campfire tells the story of an ember that has found itself in a strange place full of mystery and danger. It doesn’t know how it got where it is or who it is going to get back home. That nature of the game’s story means that the developers aren’t exactly sharing every detail of the title’s plot and premise. That makes it a little difficult to say for sure exactly what kind of game this will be.
However, some of the devs working on this game did cite names like The Witness, Journey, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons when describing it. That would seem to suggest that this is going to be a very atmospheric adventure title driven by its story, characters, and style. That last part was certainly on full display in the game’s debut trailer as The Last Campfire is already an undeniably beautiful title with some great music.
What it is beyond that remains to be seen. In any case, it’s interesting to see Hello Games pursue such a smaller project after spending so much time on the infamous No Man’s Sky. At the same time, this is something that a lot of studios that produced a best-selling game used to do. It takes us back to the days when Rockstar would use that Grand Theft Auto money to fund games like Table Tennis, The Warriors, and Bully. Now, it’s just a question as to whether or not Hello Games can use this small title to showcase why the initial failures of No Man’s Sky are long behind them.
There is no official release date or available platforms listed for The Last Campfire, so be sure to keep an eye on this one as more information becomes available in the coming months.
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