FAR: Lone Sails, an exploration adventure game, was developed by Okomotive. On 17 May 2018, the game was released on OS X and Microsoft Windows, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions in development.
Development of FAR: Lone Sails
In 2015, FAR began as the project for the Bachelor’s student of Don Schmocker, who is the lead developer, at the ZHdK. The development team grew to include other students at the ZHdK University working alongside Don during his master’s degree. Don got his inspiration from Strandbeests, The Straight Story, Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections book as well as games like LittleBigPlanet and Journey when designing FAR: Lone Sails. Looking to take a different approach to the vehicle use in games, the developers were aiming at creating a video game whereby the players will be dependent on their vehicles, which will form an emotional attachment to the vehicle throughout the game. FAR is developed in Unit; the developers use Adobe Photoshop and Blender for the 2D and 3D respectively.
The Gameplay of FAR: Lone Sails
In the game, the player takes control of the driver of a huge vehicle and start exploring an ocean bed that is massive and dry in a post-apocalypse world looking for an old civilisation. The player plays the game from a side-scrolling view, with the interior of the vehicle seen as a cross-section. The player moves around the vehicle to control it, operating stations plus pressing buttons to perform several functions that will keep the vehicle moving, like filling the boiler or engaging the engine. Also, they are needed to solve some puzzles in the post-apocalypse world to enable the vehicle to pass as well as collect upgrades for it. There are no enemies in the game.
Scenes and Features
While the game begins with a scene for burial, the rest of the background story of the game is purposely vague, with the developers aiming for the curiosity of the player to drive them to explore. The vehicle in the game is a hybrid between the sea and land vehicle and has been modified several times. Players can upgrade and customise the vehicle while still playing the game.