Hi everyone! I’m Forrest and I’m the Lead Designer on The Flame in the Flood. Our game is a survival adventure set in an America ravaged by flooding.
You’ll play as Scout, a young girl equipped with the skills to survive rafting down a surging river and exploring fractured islands. You’ll need to scavenge for supplies and craft the equipment needed to survive the hazards of the wilderness – from poison ivy and stomach upsets through to deadly bears and wolves. This is a world where things can go very wrong in an instant. Thirst becomes dehydration, hunger leads to starvation and wounds turn septic. However, with a bit of ingenuity and plenty of dedication it’s possible to survive the worst the river has to offer.
The good news is that this isn’t a solo undertaking, your faithful canine companion Aesop will be with you every step of the way. He can carry things for you, spot resources and warn of threats. Should you die on the river (and you will) any items that Aesop is carrying will be transferred to your next playthrough allowing you to plan ahead for hazards in your next run. Along the way you’ll also meet other survivors trying to scratch out a living in the flood. Some will offer aid, others are just looking out for themselves.
One of the challenges we faced in making such a brutal survival game was getting the music right. We’d been listening to a lot of Americana and thinking about what music would work for our wilderness. We reached out to Chuck Ragan, who’s a big outdoorsman and he was really excited by our project. We gave him ideas, the themes of the game, and he made the album from that. It’s what completes the experience with both full songs and solo instrumentals playing as you’re fending off a territorial boar, dodging rocks on your raft, or just brewing up some healing tea by the fire.
Our Complete Edition includes gameplay enhancements and a Directors’ Commentary mode so you can learn all about how we made the game as you battle to survive it. We’re also working on Avatars and a Dynamic Theme that’ll be available for free to anyone who buys The Flame in the Flood on PS4.
We thrilled to be bringing The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition to PlayStation and we really hope you have great time with it. I’ll see you again in the Directors’ Commentary mode!