Swiss development studio Okomotive brought us the heartfelt, meditative adventure FAR: Lone Sails way back in 2018. At the time, the game’s personal brand of quiet melancholy and post-apocalyptic exploration garnered rave reviews with critics and gamers alike. It struck an amazing balance of contemplation and engagement in the dusty, sand-covered wastes that you were tasked with crossing in your melded land and sea vehicle. Now, several years later, Okomotive has another game in the FAR series, taking us back to that mysterious world full of silent meaning. FAR: Changing Tides has many of the same mechanics, though improved, while offering a new dimension of the setting that was not explored in Lone Sails.
FAR: Changing Tides exchanges the sandy dunes of Lone Sails for a high seas adventure. The world you explored in the original game is now completely covered with water, and is embattled by dangerous storm surges. As new character Toe, you will have to think quickly to navigate your entirely transformed home. You’ll do this much in the same way as you did in Lone Sails, through a static, side-scrolling perspective, and 2.5D gameplay that will have you running from compartment to compartment, manually operating your ship’s many systems and features.
Many of these features will be familiar to fans of the first game, while many new ship features and mechanics have been added, as a result of the new salty setting. Now, you can explore the ruins of a long-dead society using a new submarine-like mode, that will take your ship down from the surface, allowing you to reach areas and places you couldn’t have possibly reached before. You can also exit your ship and swim around freely underwater to solve puzzles, just as you can on the surface in above-water locations. Use these new features to explore your new home and interact with the creatures that call the briny depths home, while also solving the aforementioned puzzles to allow your ship to move farther along, getting Toe closer to his goal.
As you move farther into the wordlessly delivered story of FAR: Changing Tides, you will learn more about the world around you, and become more intimately familiar with your ship. Over time, an incoming storm won’t inspire the same fear it did at the beginning, because previous experience has taught you how to handle yourself on the roiling waves. New parts for your ship will be easily integrated into the flow of operation as you deftly move from compartment to compartment, keeping the furnace burning and angling sails with ease. Leaving your ship to look for fuel, your vehicle’s lifeblood, as well as scrap to initiate repairs becomes less of a feared necessity, and more of an exciting adventure.
The development team at Okomotive have been working hard on FAR: Changing Tides, and now the wait for their newest adventure is almost over. Hoist the mainsail and feed the furnace, a new realm of adventure awaits when FAR: Changing Tides sets off on March 1st, 2022.
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