Hello Games is billing The Last Campfire as a “Short”—something akin to the Pixar short films that play before their longer movies.
The game, which looks a bit Journey-esque, is a puzzle-platformer designed by Chris Symonds and Steven Burgess. Hello Games chief Sean Murray says you play as “a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home” in a wilderness of “lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins.”
That’s lovely. The game looks lovely. The creatures, these lost embers, look like smushed up Journey avatars, like if Journey had a Funko Pop figurine. Here’s the trailer:
What a perfect song choice.
Murray says these new Hello Games Shorts will serve as a way to “foster creativity and new voices” which is a fantastic idea. It’s also just nice to see Hello Games focus on something other than No Man’s Sky, a game that was mired in controversy before, finally in 2018, emerging as something of an indie triumph. It may be a redemption story for Sean Murray and Hello Games, but it’s still good to see them move on to other projects.
You can only wear that yoke for so long.
The Last Campfire is definitely coming to Steam, but other platforms remain a mystery. However, I suspect it will come to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch at some point. After all, why wouldn’t it? The game’s release window is 2019.
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