Okomotive and publisher Frontier Developments are just about ready to let the atmospheric discovery game FAR: Changing Tides loose onto the world. Shown off last year in June, Changing Tides dives deeper into the world imagined by FAR: Lone Sails. Of course, the adventure isn’t quite the same. New challenges and dangers await when FAR: Changing Tides hits its release date of March 1.
The big change between the two games revolves around how you traverse the environment. Lone Sails saw you on a solo adventure while piloting a massive ground vehicle. You needed to keep the metal beast running, completing environmental puzzles to continue on the journey. FAR: Changing Tides, however, puts you out on a large ship traversing the ocean.
Some gameplay elements remain the same. Like the vehicle before it, the ship is a clunky monstrosity that requires plenty of TLC to keep it chugging along. There will still be light puzzles to solve, and a world of mystery to uncover. However, as you’re sailing on water, getting off the ship to explore takes a different approach. You can explore the underwater ruins of a sunken civilization, for starters. And you don’t even have to be as gruff as Kevin Costner to pull it off.
A relaxing journey on the open ocean
One thing between the two games remains the same: the meditative experience. There will no doubt be some anxiety, but FAR: Changing Tides isn’t going to make you sweat too much. Okomotive is promising a more calming venture, and even released an hour-long ‘Soundwaves’ video featuring the game’s music and audio. I listened to some of it while writing this article and, yeah, it’s pretty chill. With the world the way it is, I think we can also use a bit more chill. Hell, even the creative team seems to think so, calling its first Soundwaves video something for people “to relax and help ease into 2022.”
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