Video games are completely antithetical to the ethos of backpacking, but color us intrigued by this news: "Firewatch," an upcoming first-person mystery game, is set in the mountains of Wyoming and features you, a fire tower, a radio, and the great outdoors. Here’s more from developer Campo Santo:
In Firewatch, you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot and dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio—and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind.
But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
Details beyond this are scant, but the art style is intriguing, and the supposed focus on mystery and human connection rather than carnage seems like a breath of fresh air from the usual “blow stuff up” modus operandi of your typical game.
Nothing compares to the real thing, of course, and we can't in good conscience endorse staying inside. But if you can’t get away to go all Jack Kerouac and spend a summer manning a remote fire lookout, Firewatch's tagline of “Peace, Solitude, The Great Outdoors” hints at a unique kind of gameplay that might go over well during rainy days and long winters.