For 10 years, Tracy Fullerton and the rest of the team worked on bringing this popular high school book to life… or to our consoles. Will you find inspiration from Walden too?
In life, we shape our path with our day to day choices. Walden as a book and, now, a game, brings in the beauty of the open world in all its vastness and vagueness – much like life. But like the question one asks to himself, “what life should I lead?” or rather, “what life do I honestly want to lead?”
It’s up to you how you live out your year in Walden Pond — as a philosopher, a farmer, an activist, an aspiring writer, a good brother and friend, a surveyor or more. The possibilities of how your story of Thoreau’s experiment will play out are vast in this rich, open-world narrative.
When Gaming Meets Literature
According to Tracy Fullerton’s PlayStation blog, you will be playing the role of a young Henry Thoreau. Do your best to live in the woods, build a shelter, find food, get enough fuel, and whatever it is that you need to survive.
It starts in the summer, when living is easy, but as the seasons pass, our dynamic and deeply detailed environment changes and you will need to develop new strategies for survival in the woods.
But the adventure does not end there. Here’s where it gets more real.
He didn’t want to just survive in the woods; he wanted to seek out inspiration in nature and in the ideas he went there to think about. If you want to truly succeed at his experiment, you’ll need to learn how to balance your basic needs for survival with your quest for inspiration.
The best part is, the more you find inspiration, the better your game world will be. More opportunities will open and allow you a better view of Walden Pond and everything it has to offer, only if you’ve got time to take it.