Flee In Fear From The Open-World Survival Horror Game The Forest

Open-world horror isn't the easiest thing to do right. Horror relies on timing, and open-world games put so much control in the hands of the player that the scares are usually the first thing to go.

Enter The Forest, which looks to combine elements of Lost and The Descent with the gameplay of... well, of Minecraft, actually. (And, as Chris pointed out, it also has a little bit of Hatchet going on.) It's on Steam Greenlight, and you can check out a trailer up top.

From SKS Games' Greenlight description:

The world

Enter a living, breathing forest with changing weather patterns, plants that grow and die. Tides that roll in and out with the day/night cycle. Below ground explore a vast network of caves and underground lakes.

Complete player freedom

Chop down trees to build a camp, or start a fire to keep warm. Scavenge food to keep yourself from starving. Find and plant seeds to grow food.

Build a small shelter or a large ocean side fortress. decorate your home with found items. Lay traps and defenses to keep a safe perimeter.


Explore and build during the day. Defend your base at night. Craft weapons and tools.Bunker down during the evening or bring the fight directly to the enemy.

Fight or Hide

Use stealth to evade enemies, or engage them directly with crude weapons built from sticks and stones.

A new type of open world, survival horror experience

Defend yourself against a clan of genetic mutant enemies that have beliefs, families, morals and that appear almost human.

And yep, it'll have Oculus Rift support. Colour me intrigued.

[via Eurogamer]


    That looks freaking awesome!!

      +1 I can't believe I missed it on steam. The engine looks amazing.

        I don't know, the engine looked pretty average. Vegetation as always just looks completely solid and collision proof, which to me is disappointing considering the entire setting is in a forest.
        Correct me if I'm wrong (I've only had a basic viewing of the above video).

          It's a tidbit hard to notice if you don't watch fullscreen/HD

          But the vegetation is animated, and looks like a great start.

          "plants that grow and die" -- They didn't show it in the trailer, and it could just be PR hype... But It makes me feel like the developers really do want to bring environment aspect to a whole new level.

    Intriguing. I'll definitely have to check this out.

    Holy crap those white Slendies give me the willies.

    For a pre-alpha proof of concept, the graphics and environments look excellently polished.
    Can't wait to get my hands on this.

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