Ex-The Walking Dead devs at Campo Santo announce new game

Introducing Firewatch, a "first-person exploration mystery" set in Wyoming.

The new San Francisco-based outfit Campo Santo's staff reads like an A-team of indie talent with a couple of The Walking Dead: Season One leads, Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin, joining Mark of the Ninja head honcho Nels Anderson, Gone Home and Gravity Bone composer Chris Remo, and astounding artist Olly Moss. Now, Campo Santo has finally revealed its first game, Firewatch, a single-player only "first-person exploration mystery."

You'll play as a man named Henry, an extreme recluse who's retreated from his "messy life" to live in the Wyoming wilderness and operate as a lookout for forest fires. Your only contact with another human is your supervisor, Delilah, who you'll only be able to communicate with via a handheld radio. Apparently "something strange" will provoke Harry to leave his watchtower and "you'll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have."

Firewatch is still early in development and isn't due until 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux, though the developer noted on Firewatch's FAQ that it's "actively exploring" consoles. "Long-term we want the game to be playable by as many people as possible and will aim to be on any platform that fits the design of the game!"

That and it's being developed in Unity are pretty much all we know about Firewatch so far, but given its pedigree, it definitely sounds like one to keep an eye on.

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Peace, solitude, the great outdoors. Ah, finally, the Ron Swanson video game I've been waiting for.

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