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The Flame in the Flood is a survival "rogue-lite", now on Kickstarter

The Flame in the Flood
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This was perhaps the inevitable consequence of Irrational's closure. We reported on The Black Glove (opens in new tab) earlier in the week, and now there's a second Kickstarter from ex-Bioshock devs. It's called The Flame in the Flood (opens in new tab), and it's a post-societal rogue-"lite" about survival and rivers. Check out the above trailer—it looks like it could be quite special.

The world is somewhat fantastical. Mostly deserted, it's a procedurally generated network of rivers through a world inspired by the Everglades, Mississippi Delta and Louisiana Bayou. What holds my interest, though, is the way the survival aspect is based more on real-life wilderness concerns. It's not zombies you're worrying about, but cold, hunger and scavenging animals.

"Scrounge for food and supplies," explains the Kickstarter page (opens in new tab), "evade the ravenous wild-life, seek out shelter, maintain your raft, and stay healthy. And most important of all, make sure you’re gone when the rains arrive."

The team are looking for $150,000, and have already raised over a third of that total with 29 days remaining. $20 will secure you a copy, and the estimated delivery date is July 2015.

Phil Savage
Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.