"Walden, a game" Revealed for Xbox One

By Rebecca Smith, 7 days ago
American philosopher Henry David Thoreau's book Walden was a reflection of living simply amongst natural surroundings by Walden Pond. In the summer of 1845, he built a cabin by the pond and began his experiment. USC Game Innovation Lab's open-world title Walden, a game is based on his life as he lived alone in the woods, and during the latest episode of Inside Xbox, the developer revealed the game will be coming to Xbox One.

As lovely as the dynamic woods are, you'll need to balance survival against appreciation for its beauty. You'll need to find food and fuel, and maintain the cabin. Throughout the four seasons of the first year of his experiment, the seasons will bring their own challenges and inspirations. Will you live life in quiet desperation or will you choose to live life deliberately? The game's "subtle" narrative is "not an adventure of the body pitted against nature, but of the mind and soul living in nature over the course of a New England year".


USC Game Innovation Lab is part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Inside Xbox featured an interview with USC Game Innovation Lab's Director Tracy Fullerton, which describes what the university department aims to achieve and how the game came to be. You can see the interview in full below.


The game will arrive on Xbox One this summer.

We don't have them yet, but we'll publish a story as soon as we pick up the Walden, a game achievements.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.