What was supposed to be a nice winter hike in the Mount Washington State Park with friends, turned into a dire situation. You are left alone to fight for your survival. With only marginal supplies you have to fight off of the cold, the wildlife and find your way to an abandoned ranger station in hope to be able to call for help.
While you haven’t suffered any injuries during the fall, you lost your backpack and hence most of your gear and supplies. You will need to find shelter, find some food and rest. Then it’s about making your way to an old ranger station to call for rescue.
Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? It is, except for the supplies you are going to need for the trip, the weather, the freezing cold, not to mention the wildlife. The goal of the game is to survive. To prepare enough to make the trip to the ranger station and to deal with all the surprises along the journey.
Hunt or be hunted. You have no rifle and there is no combat. If you encounter wolfs or even a bear, stay away and run. You won’t be able to kill a bear with a knife, it’s not the movies.
What you can do is be clever about the wildlife and set traps. You might even be able to find some traps hunters left behind and use them to maintain a safe perimeter or to hunt smaller animals for food. Tracking, establishing the best spot and being patient is what the hunt will be about.
Cold, thirst, hunger and exhaustion are the four major factors you have to worry about. It doesn’t however end there. Injuries are another one and there is the weather. Spending the night in the freezing cold without any shelter is akin to a death sentence and trying to go out in a snow storm isn’t any better either. Don’t forget, weather in the mountains changes quickly and is unpredictable. You have to be prepared at all times.
You are not the first one person in this area. There have been many before you. More than a century ago some even lived here. If you explore your surroundings there is a good chance they may have left something behind that will still be useful to you. And while building a shelter on your own is certainly an option, it is a lot better and safer to adapt something that already exists.
You could find an old hunter lodge and fix it up to offer decent shelter and a base of operations for you to prepare, gather supplies and food and even hunt. You are going to have a long trip ahead of you. The better you prepare, the less risky it will be.
The rescue isn’t going to be instant. Despite modern equipment and well trained mountain rescue personnel, you are far away and their helicopter can’t take off in any weather. Between you calling for help and help actually arriving might take even a couple of days. Additional time you have to survive in the bitter cold at Mount Washington.
As the development of the game continues at a rather quick pace, we have been quite busy adding new content, new features and also expanding the playable area of the game world. While a lot of it is still work in progress, we've reached a stage advanced enough to feel confident to show some of it to you. To this end we made this DevLog a combination of a video log and additional information provided in this text.
One of the more frequently asked questions is whether we'll support more visually distinct areas other than the ones shown in the demo. While the game obviously takes place in a winter setting, there will be different biomes with their own visual style and gameplay related features.
We are in the process of finishing the next biome right now, offering a direct expansion of the playable area. There you will be met with a large and rushing river sidewinding through a dense, snow-covered forest.
This river can be both resourceful and treacherous at the same time. Even though it serves as a great spot to gather small rocks and worms, which in turn can be used as a “snack” or as bait for traps and fishing. However, the river can be also very dangerous. You can actually drown, but even getting wet, considering freezing temperatures, can be fatal.
Along with the expansion of the game world come new locations. One of the notable ones is the next shelter you will be able to use. We call it the Hunting Cabin. Apart from being an additional shelter, it comes with its own story and mystery you will be able to follow and even uncover some new information about your missing friends you started this journey with.
DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS AND WET GEAR
We are also in the process of putting more emphasis on the state of your equipment. One factor is clothing getting wet. Traversing snow or cutting across steams or rivers requires you to pay some attention to the wetness of your gear.
If your gear gets soggy, you will need to dry the drenched items to prevent the numbing freeze or consider having a spare set of clothes. Making gear more waterproof is another avenue you will be able to pursue.
HUNTING, TRACKING AND PLANTS
Other areas we are expanding and adding some depth to are hunting, tracking and plants. Better tracking has always been on our to-do list compared to what we showcased in the demo. So was adding more variety to traps.
We are also continuing adding more animal types to the game and improving the existing ones. The improvements are not limited to visuals only. Animal behavior patterns and AI also see constant improvements.
The flora hasn’t been forgotten either. More usable plants and even mushrooms are being added to the game that can be used in various recipes. Both food and medicinal uses are being covered with the later becoming more and more important as we are expanding the survival aspects as well. But more about that in the next DevLog in a couple of weeks.
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