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Firewatch's "free-roam" mode goes live today

The Firewatch free-roaming mode that Campo Santo talked about back in September is (almost) here. The studio said in a brief blog post that the new mode will be rolled out on Steam sometime today. [Update: And so it is.]

"If you, like so many others, have finished Firewatch and yearn to return to the Shoshone, then today is your lucky day," it wrote. "Firewatch’s free-roam mode gives you an objective-free game world to explore, dynamic 24-hour time of day and miles of trails to hike." 

The free-roam mode has been out on Xbox One for awhile now, and I'm really happy that it's finally been brought to the PC as well. Firewatch is a very good adventure game, but its real magic is in the way it creates an absolutely stunning wildland for players to wander through. It's a landscape that begs to be explored without the pressure of objectives or restricted access to certain areas. I'm really looking forward to giving it a try, especially through the nighttime hours. 

The Firewatch free-roam update is slated to appear on Steam later today. Once it does, the new mode will be available in the "special features" section of the main menu—but only after you've finished the game. 

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.