It’s a near impossible task to find a new way of innovating gameplay these days, but developer Vogelsap might be on to something when they announced that “The Flock” will use fear of never playing it again.
Indie games come and go, each giving it a shot and most falling short of success. It’s a tough market to break with famous names and grand companies pulling out big titles with complex gameplay, intricate characters and unbelievable graphics. Their budgets for advertising one game alone far outweigh what smaller gaming studious make in a decade.
It’s no one’s fault, obviously. However, finding the right hook to get players interested is the challenge new game markers are facing every day. Vogelsap are planning to see if it’s even possible with a new, interesting way of introducing a new gaming experience.
The Flock is a multiplayer horror game, promised to be competitive, intense and thrilling until the very last moment. And there will be a ‘last moment’, if game makers remain true to the word. The game will feature a countdown timer and a limited population that will be going down when characters die.
The basics of the game have been revealed through short explanations and an alpha trailer currently released. Players will undertake the role of mangled monsters in a post-apocalyptic destroyed Earth, collectively called “the Flock”.
Pollution has blocked out the Sun, leaving our known world under the cover of darkness, with dangerous creatures roaming about. And all are drawn to one thing, the vaguely named Artifact, an object of light among the shadows. Each player will attempt to find, gain and hold the Artifact for as long as they can with every other monster wishing to claim it.
With the use of light, its wielder will transform into a lesser abomination and monsters will not be able to move in its presence, unless they wish to die. The challenge will come in catching someone who has the power of forcing you to stay still.
The premise itself is interesting, but it still remains to be seen if it will gain success among gamers. The Flock will be released in mid-autumn for a limited time only. Once the monster population reaches zero, the game will become unavailable for purchase and those already owning it will have a chance to play in its thrilling finale before the Flock goes offline forever.
The question springs if it will be worth paying the price of a game you will never play again after it’s over. The unique countdown idea will make it or break it.
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