Who wants to play a game with the central character being a bear? Apparently, a lot of people!
A game called Bear Simulator, a title that describes its gameplay right out of the bat, is an upcoming project by Farjay Studios. The title has raised US$42,471 on Kickstarter at this point in time in less than a week since its inception on March 19, 2014. This is much more its original funding goals of US$29,500. It currently has 1,547 backers, with 23 days left until the funding closes on April 10, 2014.
Based on the footage that has been released, you explore an open-world environment as a bear with no real purpose or goal in mind. However, there is a lot to do like stealing honey from bee hives, eating fish and plants, taking naps and exploring the secrets of the world. There seems to be no real aim or overarching story behind the concept, and the main selling point is that you get to roleplay as a bear and discover things for yourself.
“You play in FPB (First Person Bear) and do bear things,” said developer Farjay Studios, “which include exploring, eating fish and plants, striking down anything that dare stand before your might, increasing your stats, sleeping and discovering mysteries of your forest home. It’s like a mini Skyrim, but you’re a bear.”
There is a similar simulator game about goats by Coffee Stain Studios, that seems to be attracting a lot of press attention. It will be out on April 1, 2014 via Steam at US$10. Unlike the simulator game on goats, the bear simulator seems to be more well-put together and take itself slightly more seriously.
Watch the alpha trailer here if this is the kind of sandbox game you’re looking for, or if you’re against video games discriminating anything of ursine nature.