FAR, Lone Sails at Gamescom 2016
We already told you about what half of Mr.Whale’s members are working on but we never told you about what the other half is doing. Well, the other team, is basically working on FAR, Lone Sails.
Under cloud filled skies, the player travels across the seemingly endless dried-up sea, littered with the remains of a once vibrant seafaring civilization. The game’s world is largely devoid of life, yet filled with places to explore and history to discover.
While the greater goal of the journey remains to be uncovered by the player, urgent short-term necessities call for immediate action. The train-like vehicle used to travel the plains needs to be fueled, maintained and upgraded to master the challenges that lie ahead…
We met Don Schmoker, the lead developer of the game (and the only one for quite some time) and he told us a few things about the game. We also saw him last year, but since then, the game has found a publisher (MixtVision) and the team has grown to 2 members instead of one.
Don told us that the game is following a little girl, named Lone, as she goes on a journey alone with a vehicle trying to find answers to everything around her. We know her father has died and that she was left alone, so the story is a mystery to us too at the moment (at least until we play it).
“The game is all about the journey,” said Don and allowed me to play the new and even better looking than last year demo. This time, we learned things one by one and we got walked through what is going on more than we were last year. In my personal opinion, as I told Don as well, FAR is one of those games that people would most definitely enjoy more at home and unfortunately it doesn’t shine as much as it deserves in a huge games expo. However it was still amazing to see how beautiful it looks and how well it plays.
The studio is planning for a release in early 2017 on Steam and Xbox One. They don’t have any exclusivities though so Don told us that they might just come to other platforms as well.There are plans though for opening alpha and beta testing in the near future.