Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.
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Release Date: Feb 9, 2016

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September 21

The Firewatch Audio Tour Update Patch Notes


Windows & Linux:
  • Added a new game mode: The Firewatch Audio Tour.
  • Added "Minimum HUD" mode, hides reticule and tooltips.
  • Fixed a handful of bugs where player could fall through the world.
  • Upgraded the engine from Unity 5.2 to Unity 5.4 for a multitude of performance and multi-platform benefits.
  • Miscellaneous world art improvements and bug fixes.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

Mac:
  • Addressed issue where some macs would boot to an entirely black screen but would still play audio.
  • Added Windowed Mode support.
  • The OpenGL renderer now uses multi-threading which should bring a significant speed boost especially on dedicated GPUs.
  • Also all of the fixes from Windows & Linux.

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September 20

The Firewatch Audio Tour

We're launching a major update to Firewatch, and within it you'll be receiving The Firewatch Audio Tour.



A few months ago we sat down and thought it'd be great to ship a commentary mode with Firewatch, so, we did the logical next thing and started making one. And then we made some more. And then we thought it'd be neat to build some exhibits out in the forest that would show you how we made certain things in the game. Then we added a scavenger hunt. Then, after a time, we realized we didn't have a commentary mode on our hands, we had a full-on audio tour and tomorrow you'll get to play it!

Featuring

  • Over three hours of developer and actor commentary
  • Almost a hundred collectible audio tapes
  • Concept art displays, lighting demos, animation how-to's and more
  • If you like Firewatch, game development or a cross section of the two, this is for you!

We'll be putting out patch notes tomorrow for non-featured updates (mostly Mac bugs and small fixes here and there) but until then, get excited for the Firewatch Audio Tour!

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Reviews

“Firewatch is a rare and beautiful creation, that expands the possibilities for how a narrative game can be presented, without bombast or gimmick.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Firewatch, then – on the strength of its gripping story, brilliant branching script, wholly convincing voice-acting performances, and stunning art direction – is easily one of my favorite and most memorable game experiences of this decade.”
9.3 – IGN

“Gorgeous and clever, Campo Santo's debut is a triumph of craft.”
Eurogamer

Just Updated

Firewatch is now available with subtitles in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Simplified Chinese!

Along with a host of content fixes, we've updated the game to have language, ui and menus subtitles in a wide variety of languages.

About This Game

Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness.

The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor Delilah is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio—your only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the forest, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.

A Note: Firewatch is a video game about adults having adult conversations about adult things. If you plan on playing with a younger gamer, that might be good to know going in.

Includes

  • A stunningly beautiful wilderness environment that expands as you explore.
  • A tailor-made story: the choices you make shape the narrative and build relationships.
  • An edge-of-your-seat mystery.
  • Secrets and discoveries to be made over every hill.

Featuring

  • Living, breathing characters brought to life by Cissy Jones (The Walking Dead: Season 1) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men)
  • A spectacular wilderness environment by Olly Moss (Illustrator) and Jane Ng (The Cave, Brutal Legend)
  • A thrilling story and script by Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin (The Walking Dead: Season 1, Poker Night at the Inventory)
  • A stirring original soundtrack by Chris Remo (Gone Home)
  • Fluid first-person animation by James Benson (Ori & The Blind Forest)
  • Gameplay scripting and design work by Patrick Ewing (Twitter) and Nels Anderson (Mark of the Ninja)
  • Programming by Will Armstrong (Bioshock II), Ben Burbank (Costume Quest 2, Space Base DF-9), and Paolo Surricchio (Deadpool, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare)

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or ATi GPU with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Dedicated graphics card required. No Mac Mini model is officially supported at this time.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450 or higher with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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Black Dawn
7.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Falling through the ground simulator.
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dogfan420
8.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Definitely recommend this game for anyone seeking gorgeous visuals, enganging stories, and suberb dialogue and voice acting. As far as gameplay goes, it leaves a lot to be desired (clunky movement/controls and linear plot). It plays out more like an interactive movie than an actual game. That being said, I like it for what it is.
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andsoobvs
5.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
Great game, I'm excited to play again and see how Henry and Delilah's relationship changes as my choices change. The game got buggy toward the very, very end for me, just as the tension was reaching a climax, which was kind of a bummer. I was kinda hoping the story would be a little spookier. Don't know if that changes from run to run, so, we'll see.
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sappmaster
6.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
This is one of the best games I've ever played. It's beautiful. It's intriguing. It's mysterious. I can only hope Campo Santo will make another game like it and take us on another immersive journey.
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RickGrimes3791
8.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
What a fun game. It reminded me of the old Sierra games or Lucas Arts. I enjoyed being able to play an hour or two at a time and then leave the game for a month. I finally got the hang of using a keyboard to play a game and then it went much smoother. I bought a steam controller, but ended up just using the keyboard. I now need to find something similar to keep me occupied on my next trip.
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Maxwolf
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
The game is fun to play, it will have you guessing all the way up to the terrible ending that leaves unanswered questions. Also, the camera is completely pointless, don't go through the game thinking it is useful.
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Epix Vortex
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
This is a fine adventure game and good story. I really enjoyed it. However replay ability is not there, even if you make different choices the end result is always the same. Buy it and enjoy it, the when you are done let it be for a few years and dust it off. Or if you have a friend over let them enjoy it, well for killing about 4 hours every few years. Could become a cult classic it time. I recommend waiting till it’s on sale, it is well made and a great story but way too short.
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Djigivara
10.6 hrs
Posted: September 23
Beauty Amazing Game!
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Cyborg|R
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
Okay so Firewatch. No spoilers...this will be a tough write.

This game is beautiful. You are to walk the woods armed with a compass and a map. You can choose to either have a "GPS" dot on your location on the map, or no "GPS" dot at all for a more gritty experiance.

This doesn't feel like a game where you are told an objective like "go find an apple". This feels like a game that you're living thru, and what you would naturally do next becomes the objective.

This game has nothing to do with strategy or resource conservation, rather this game is designed to become part of you.

It feels like a movie, or a TV show.

This is a game you live and breathe thru, there's mystery, excitement, beauty, sadness...

The ending was a bit of a let down. It could have been better for sure. But I still enjoyed every minute.
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Franckey007
4.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
Very rich story (having some choice to make), nice environment and graphics. A bit short and also OK ending.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
59 of 88 people (67%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Game about sex on the radio.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
The 2 issues I have with this game is it only took me 4 hours to play and the ending isn't what most people would consider amazing.

However, for those 4 hours I felt so immersed by the story and the mystery. The idea of being alone whilst the only emotional contact is on the other walkie talkie is incredible.

This game is worth the £15 or $20 and if you are someone who likes to see what happens if you choose differnt paths then this game is replayable. Unfortunately I'm not one of those people.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This game made me go through an emotional rollercoaster, my imagination made the tale a lot scarier than it actually was.

But rarely am I left feeling this.. empty after a game. I connected to the two main character in this game. I giggled over jokes and..the ending made me long for more.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Gorgeous game with a really great story. Unfortunately that's about it.

Pros:
+ Beautiful game
+ Amazing and gorgeous environment. Loved walking in the woods and looking at the scenery.
+ Great story
+ Interesting characters. You really feel like you're connecting with them
+ This is more something that I like personally but some might not like this: the fact that you actually have to navigate using a map and compass instead of having a mini-map or a HUD with waypoints to guide you. Really helps you get immersed into the environment and story.

Cons: (some of these are things that personally bothered me but not necessarily major problems)
- As much as I like walking in the woods from one place to another, sometimes going back to certain places or backtracking feels a bit tiring and sometimes tedious. Maybe that's the point but sometimes I got annoyed by that.
- Can't go back to the previous day which resulted a couple of times in doing something I didn't actually want to do and not being able to change it
- Too many unanswered questions by the end of the game
- Disappointing ending
- Game is relatively short and there's no replayability at all

If you like narrative/story-driven games, definitely get this game but I would recommend waiting for it to be on sale.
Game is not worth the full price in my opinion.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
If there was ever a game that I both loved and hated, it would be Firewatch.

I think of what this game could have been and it pains me that it never went there. I really wanted to like this game. Even now, I wish I was writing a totally positive review but my conscience won't allow it.

And yet, credit has to be given where it's due so here are the things that I liked:

1) A beautifully designed game world, where all you mostly do is hike. Go from Point A to Point B, investigate and get back. But this part of the game is still enjoyable due to the pretty landscapes. And the fact that you have to navigate using a hand-held map!
2) That your only other human interaction is with someone over a walkie-talkie.
3) Voice acting and dialogs. This should probably be top of the list. Both Henry's and Delilah's voice work is top-notch. And probably the only thing that will stay with you post-game.

I'm struggling to come up with a fourth point and I guess you can see the problem with this game already.

The game starts off as a go-there-investigate-this adventure. But there's only so many times you can walk through the same bushes before it gets boring. Fairly, at this point, the game throws a mystery in. Something strange is brewing, there are some unexplainable events, and you are somehow the target - very LOSTesque, rite? You wish. You wait for the big reveal, a payoff - and it never comes! All you get is an anti-climax. And the developers fervently hope you feel empty after the game ends. But I felt more dissatisfied than empty.

And that's a shame, because had this game left me with a "Wow!", I would have probably called it the greatest game in the recent times. But no, like I said the game never goes there.

So what this game is then, is a fairly enjoyable walking simulator which could have also had a great story, if only. For $20 and roughly 6 hrs of gameplay at max, the price-to-fun ratio is just off.
If you still want to get this, wait for a sale.

P.S. I'm giving this a thumbs-up because I still want people to experience this game, despite the flaws. But in effect, my recommendation is both a Yes and No, depending on you.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Firewatch is definitely a unique game in the sense that it gives pretty environments, solumn quiet moments of interacting with nature and the exploration of human behavior and interaction. The back and forth between Henry and Delilah is involved and deep, and that alone makes the game pretty awesome.

The bad part is the plot. The game has a fantastic set up. Wife with early onset dimensia, two girls getting "taken" in the woods, threats of blackmail, a mysterious figure showing up, burned research centers, bugged comms... It was a great start. Then the ending came. And it was just an awkward goodbye between Delilah and Henry and we find out "oh the kid fell and the dad didn't want to deal with it". No conspiracies, no elaborate plots, just playing with the human mind. And while sometimes this is nice (after all this is a game about human interaction) that much build up leading to almost nothing is very disappointing. I beat the game in 3 hours, and the price at the time of purchase was $20. Maybe if this was an $8 game, I would be ok with this. But the game is far too short and the ending sucked.

With that said, it is still worth playing if it goes on sale, because the journey up to the end is quite nice. Just don't expect there to be anything at the trail head once you reach it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Firewatch is a beautiful game and sets the scene perfectly with its build up and introdiction. The story is involving and intriguing; which keeps the player, playing. The characters are unique and make the game so distinct from other games. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through the game and how the experience was specialised to how I played. However, I was disappointed with a few things, 1. how short the game was, 2. lack of things to do in the game, and 3. no alternative routes/endings. For £15, I do not think 3 hours of game is worth it, despite the game being so beautiful. I played the game a second time to see if i had missed out some easter eggs or other parts of the game I had overseen, but alas, there was nothing more than what i had already done. I also expected there to be more interactive gameplay with dangers, such as the mystery man, or the forest fires, or the problem bear. Finally, there was no alternative paths that affected the gameplay experience too much, which took away that feeling of personalisation and sense of me as a player affecting the game. Overall the game was good, but more involvement with the environment would be nice, and more solving of the mystery, rather that just revealing the mystery to the player...

overall 6/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I bought this game I believe on the release date with really high expectations, but I heard a lot of people complain about the end. For me that was no problem.
I find this game very entertaining with a great atmosphere. The graphics are very cartoon like but somehow realistic as well. I love this game, great story, great humor. Some may find the ending not good enough, I liked it even though I'm normally not a fan of these kind of endings. Even though it is only like 4 hours of playtime for one playthrough, I think this is worth the money. For an even better atmosphere and some very good music I also recommend buying the soundtrack.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This game is lovely, funny and emotionful, i kinda got abit sad because it ended soo quick and well. i dont know why, but it feels like you build up a good relationship with your boss and its abit sad on the ending because then you cant talk with her anymore, but the game is acually fun if you need a couple hours to get on other thoughts or so on.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
2 good : )

+atmosphere
+graphics
+voice actors
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