It was nominated for an award in "Excellence in Narrative" at the Independent Games Festival and now it's available to purchase. Gone Home has just gone live on Steam for the low price of $17.99, a small cost for what's said to be one of the most unique experiences of the year. Gone Home has you returning to an empty house, a missing family, and the freedom to explore in inquire as you will.
Developed by The Fullbright Company, Gone Home is the first game from the team since they met working on the BioShock 2 DLC Minerva's Den. After forming their own studio, who would have imagined their first title would be an experimental first-person experience based on exploration and in-direct narrative?
Something else that's exciting about Gone Home is that the developers allow you to cater the experience towards what you desire from it. They provide "modifiers" which can drastically change the experience of exploring the empty home. Here's the modifiers provided in-game:
- All Lights Start On - For those who don't like the dark.
- Disable Map - There will be no in-game map to guide you.
- Unlock All Doors - Every door starts unlocked. Explore the house, and the story, in any order.
- Disable Voice Diaries - Checking this disables Sam's voiceover. No ending prompt will appear. It will be up to you when to stop playing.
Crazy, right? It shows that the developers respect the experience they've made on top of respecting the agency the player has at controlling how they want to play and experience the game. How will you play, and how will that differ compared to someone else's playthrough?
Buy Gone Home today on Steam. It's typically priced at $20, but will be on sale at 10% off until August 21.