The Wild Eight Kickstarter Lands Safely, Unlike its Characters

By Mark Delaney, 1 year ago
Two months ago, we covered the announcement of The Wild Eight, an eight-player co-op survival game set in the freezing Alaskan wilderness. After surviving a plane crash, players are pitted against the harsh conditions, predatory wildlife, and something else, something lurking. Players will have to build shelters, find food, and stay warm. You can go it alone if you prefer, or forage and explore with up to seven others in the procedurally generated game world that is different every time you play. And for good reason, too. The developer, 8 Points, promises a lot of failure. The game won't go easy on you.

If you caught the original announcement back in February, that information was probably all old news to you. So what's new? Well, the Kickstarter has launched. Seeking a goal of $50K, the game is aiming for release across Xbox One, PS4, and PC sometime before the end of 2017. After just a single day, the campaign has gathered over 25% of its funding goal. At time of writing, the funds sit at just under $13,000.

Unlike many survival sims which put the gameplay front and center, The Wild Eight proudly rests its laurels on its story plans. 8 Points is teasing special enemy types and a lost civilization that can be explored, but has played coy overall regarding more specific details about these aspects of the narrative. That isn't to say the studio is shrugging off gameplay. They plan on implementing crafting systems, skill trees, and plenty of side quests to complete alongside the main story. If you're interested in living together and/or dying alone in The Wild Eight and wish to know more, we urge you to check out the Kickstarter for a lot more details, including character bios and information on their special skills. For now, here's some pre-alpha gameplay footage.

The Wild Eight, if funded or picked up by a publisher, is currently scheduled for an Xbox One release in 2017. A stretch goal of $150K would also bring the game to Xbox simultaneously with PC this December.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.