Hello Games has unveiled The Last Campfire, the studio's first new project since its space exploration sim No Man's Sky launched in 2016.
The Last Campfire is predominantly the work of two people within Hello Games - Steven Burgess and Chris Symonds, respectively the lead designer and lead artist on Frontier Developments' fondly remembered Wii platform adventure LostWinds.
According to Hello Games, The Last Campfire tells the story of "a lost Ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home". Beyond that, details are a little light, although the experience, which certainly has a touch of LostWinds' delicate atmosphere about it based on the announcement trailer below, supposedly unfolds in "a beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins."
Hello Games says that while The Last Campfire "is very much its own title", it's "influenced by many games with a strong but personal artistic vision". Journey, The Witness, and Brothers A Tale of Two Sons are all cited as experiences the team really admires.
This seemingly smaller project for the studio is being described as a Hello Games Short. "Like Pixar shorts it's a way to foster creativity and new voices in the studio", the developer explained, "We started by making Joe Danger, before No Man's Sky, and we want to pay forward our success to give others the opportunity to do the same."
There's no news on a release date or platforms for The Last Campfire (although the existence of a Steam page does at least tell us it's coming to PC), but more will hopefully be revealed soon.