September 1, 2014 12:26 PM | Chloi Rad
The first trailer for Campo Santo's Firewatch aired at PAX Prime this weekend, providing an introduction to its lead characters and a gorgeous glimpse at the rural American wildnerness in which their story is set.
In Firewatch, you play as Henry, who has taken the secluded job of fire lookout in the Wyoming mountains as an escape from his troubled life. He's alone in his watch tower overlooking the forest, except for a handheld radio he can use to speak with his supervisor, Delilah.
As evidenced in the trailer, Henry is an anxious man, who has recently let the dangers of his job and tensions in his relationship with Delilah wear him down. When Delilah advises Henry to remain in the tower, he does not cooperate, instead letting "something strange" draw him out to the mysterious wild below.
According to the developers at Campo Santo (composed of talent from Double Fine, Telltale, and 2K Marin), Henry's experience in the woods will have the player "facing questions and making interpersonal choices," the exact nature of which have yet to be revealed.
Even so, an introspective mystery set in a remote, woodsy countryside is enough to grab my attention, not to mention the perfect marriage of dramatic lighting and low poly graphics seen in some of these screenshots.
A release date for the game hasn't been confirmed, but Campo Santo hopes to see it out in 2015 for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Read more about Firewatch on its official website.