The unnamed peninsula has been one of gaming’s most visited locations as many players have boarded their one-way-flight to The Forest. The breakout horror survival game from Endnight Games came at a time when survival was at the core of so many releases. What could have been a rehashed adventure in an uninspired environment wound up being a refreshing blend of classic survival horror and meticulous resource management. Players ate it up so much that Endnight Games is revisiting the concept in Sons of the Forest.
One of the biggest qualms about The Forest was its limited availability, as it officially launched on Steam in April 2018 (after a four-year early access beta) and only landed on the PS4 in November of the same year. So, will the sequel rectify its predecessor’s inability to reach an even bigger audience and launch on the PS5 or Xbox Series X & S?
Unfortunately, Sons of the Forest is currently only slated for a Steam release. According to Endnight Games in an interview with GamingBolt, there is no plan for a current-gen console release, though they “would love to come to console in the future.” For now, development is “currently focused on delivering the best experience possible to PC players.” Unlike The Forest, Sons of the Forest is also not releasing on an initial early access basis. It also does not seem to be coming to PS4 or Xbox One.
While it’s entirely possible Sons of the Forest may make its way onto consoles in the future, expect to only be able to face off against a whole new wave of cannibal mutants on PC.
About Sons of the Forest
Sons of the Forest is the second chapter in Endnight Games’ The Forest series, though its connection to the original is either unknown or nonexistent. This go-around, players survive a helicopter crash on a remote island while en route to rescue a missing billionaire. It’s not long before the mutated denizens of the island make themselves known, forcing players to switch into survival mode.
Similar to the original, Sons of the Forest features building and resource gathering, though everything has been overhauled for more customizable shelters and intuitive supply management. You’ll be able to fully direct the construction of your base rather than follow a preset blueprint.
AI companions join the fray and can be commanded to complete certain tasks, like chop down wood or defend the base from a cannibal onslaught. Of course, to ensure things aren’t too easy, the cannibals have received their own AI overhaul, balancing any advantage a companion gives players. You’ll need to pay close attention to each mutant to properly assess your threats and survive every encounter.
Sons of the Forest is slated for a February 23, 2023 release date, and will only be available for PC on Steam in Early Access at launch.
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