Sons of the Forest is a new survival horror game on Steam that has already managed to sell over 2 million copies in its first 24 hours of early access. The sequel game to The Forest (2018) is set in a wilderness where you try to survive after a helicopter crash on a remote island. Zombies, nope, killer robots, nope, how about cannibalistic mutants and a woman with three arms and three legs and a helper NPC named Kelvin that is already gaining fans for his awkward behavior?
Description (via Steam)
“Sent to find a missing billionaire on a remote island, you find yourself in a cannibal-infested hellscape. Craft, build, and struggle to survive, alone or with friends, in this terrifying new open-world survival horror simulator.
A Survival Horror Simulator
Experience complete freedom to tackle the world how you want. You decide what you do, where to go, and how best to survive. There are no NPCs barking orders at you or giving you missions you don’t want to do. You give the orders, you choose what happens next.
Enter a world where nowhere is safe and fight against a range of mutated creatures, some who are almost human-like, and others who are like nothing you have ever seen before. Armed with pistols, axes, stun batons, and more, protect yourself and those you care for.
Build and Craft
Feel every interaction; Break sticks to make fires. Use an axe to cut out windows and floors. Build a small cabin, or a seaside compound, the choice is yours.
Pluck fresh salmon directly from streams in spring and summer. Collect and store meat for the cold winter months. You’re not alone on this island, so as winter rolls in and food and resources become scarce you won’t be the only one looking for a meal.
Survive alone, or with friends. Share items and work together to build defenses. Bring back up to explore above and below ground.“
Something that seems to peeking interest from reviewers and fans alike is two NPCs in Sons of the Forest. First is Kelvin who apparently needs constant looking after following some kind of head injury that has cost him his hearing. Players interact by writing commands in a notebook. From Reddit to Twitter fans are already posting that protecting him is all that matters.
He is pure!
by u/Lemon_Tart_18 in SonsOfTheForest
I will protect him at all costs.— S. C. Levi Brooks (@EebieAbbyObie) February 24, 2023
The other NPC is Virginia who is a woman with three arms and three legs. Players have already commented that when first encountered be sure to not attack her because she is actually there to help. Once befriended, she becomes a valuable ally and her ability to fire multiple firearms (pun intended) is a big win for combatting the various enemies of the island.
Developed by Endnight Games and published by Newnight, Sons of the Forest is available for $29.99 on Steam and is currently in Early Access and already has nearly 30,000 reviews with a Very Positive ranking. It can be played in single-player or online Co-op modes.