Monday, April 21, 2014

The Watchlist: Before

Title: Before
Developer: Bill Lowe, Päl Trefall, Jenny Minton
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
In development
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Before is a game about survival. Guide your tribe through the challenges of a harsh and unforgiving pre-historic world, shaping their culture and defining their history.
The premise of Before is best summed up in three words: "stone age survival." While "survival" and the screenshots imply some kind of third or first person scavenging action game, Before is actually nothing like that. Set in a low-poly prehistoric landscape teeming with wildlife and rival tribes, you guide your tribe in a real time strategy fashion, commanding members to hunt, forage, travel. It's a vast dangerous world to explore, where animals grow tired and rest, grow old and die, where the natural ecosystem of predator and prey occurs around you as your hunters and gatherers face dark nights and deadly elements, struggle to find food and shelter, and most importantly look for a place to call home, settle down, and develop beliefs and rituals. Guide your tribe wisely since death is permanent. Lowe's ambitious plans for Before include open seas to cross, subterranean caverns to enter, and other tribes and mysterious artifacts to discover.
Before is currently in development, with a playable alpha somewhere on the horizon. Lowe is also planning on launching a Kickstarter so he can fully realize Before's stone age survival experience. You can learn more about the game on the official site.

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