Late last month we spied a very cool looking trailer for an upcoming game called The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands from Xigma Games. Taking the incremental aspects of A Dark Room ($1.99) and mixing them together with the resource-collecting, town-building, and combat elements of Kingdom: New Lands ($4.99), The Bonfire looked like a really slick mashup of those formulas, and I was all excited to get my hands on it when it launched this month. Well, good news/bad news situation as The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands is taking longer than expected to finish up and is now slated for release in March, but to make up for the delay Xigma has released a lengthy new video showcasing the first 30 minutes of the game. WARNING: A video this length obviously contains some spoiler-ish stuff, so if you’d rather go into The Bonfire fresh, maybe skip watching this.
As the video shows quite clearly, things start off extremely simple in The Bonfire as you gather wood to make a fire, but everything just builds off from there until you’re managing multiple people, collecting multiple resources, and fighting off baddies trying to invade your space. I really love the look of this one, especially the dynamic weather system and day/night cycles, and as you can see the first twenty minutes all takes place in the small starting area but once you’ve gathered up enough resources to build a bridge you expand into a new area and I have a feeling that this is going to be a pretty big game. This seems like a game worth keeping an eye on, so be sure to follow along with the discussion thread in our forums and look for The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands sometime in March.