This is kind of remarkable, sweet and magical, and I'm kind of surprised that nobody has made it before.
It's called Home Free, and it's a new Kickstarter for a game about being a dog. A lost dog, alone and scared in a big city.
"Home Free is an open-world action-RPG starring a dog lost in a sprawling, randomly generated city. Use your canine abilities to explore this strange, sometimes hostile environment and find your place in the world," the campaign blurb says.
As an aside, is anyone else starting to get marginally confused occasionally — Grow Home, Gone Home, Home Free. No? Maybe it's just me. Anyway.
There's a distinct lack of butt sniffing in the game, although you can forage through bins, headbutt other dogs, steal ice-creams and fish from stupid humans and sleep next to radiators on the street.
It's raised just under US$20,000 so far and only has a goal of US$50,000. With 29 days remaining, it's pretty likely that the project will get over the line.
Kicktraq, a site for tracking Kickstarter campaigns, projects that Home Free will end up raising over US$545,000. Stretch goals haven't been announced yet, although I wouldn't be surprised with a project like this if they just end up capping donations beyond a certain point.
Or maybe they'll go completely overboard like the campaign for a potato salad. You never quite know with the internet.