A gorgeous new classic is headed to Nintendo’s wildly popular Switch — take a look at ‘Firewatch’

Yet another gorgeous, delightful, charming game is headed to Nintendo’s wildly popular Switch console.

This is “Firewatch,” an excellent first-person adventure/exploration game that is headed to the Nintendo Switch “soon”:

Firewatch

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It’s gorgeous and mysterious and set in the late 1980s!

But what is it? Let’s find out!


In “Firewatch,” you play as a man named Henry.

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It’s a first-person exploration game — you’ll get loads of story from the environment itself.

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The whole game takes place in the gorgeous Shoshone National Forest (which is <a href=”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoshone_National_Forest”>a real place</a>, in case you were wondering).


The game’s title is also the game’s point — your job is to watch out for forest fires and to quickly report them.

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And to enjoy gorgeous sunsets, apparently.

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Much of “Firewatch” is about working with your supervisor, Delilah.

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Not pictured: Delilah.
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The choices you make in responding to Delilah directly affect your relationship with her.

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Your communications with Delilah are entirely over the radio, thus the lack of images of her here.
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What makes “Firewatch” stand out is both its unique, beautiful art …

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… and its focus on storytelling.

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Here’s the walkie-talkie Henry uses to communicate with Delilah.
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The Shoshone National Forest is represented especially well in “Firewatch.”

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The game is set in 1989, just one year after the (real-life) Yellowstone National Park fire.

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This is Delilah’s tower — will you ever meet face-to-face?
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Which is to say: Tensions are running high in this particular line of work.

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Adding to that, a mysterious stranger is repeatedly found to be watching you from afar. What’s that about?

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Did he or she loosen this ladder that Henry is falling from? Oh no!

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Beyond watching for fires and talking to your boss, there are other missions to take on. Like rescuing this little turtle!

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Maybe he’ll be your friend!
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But much of the game is just about exploring the great wide open of Wyoming.

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And navigation, of course. There’s no user interface around the edges of the screen, just a compass in your right hand and a map in your left. How 1989!

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It’s not all sweeping vistas and camping areas, don’t worry!

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Check out this trailer for “Firewatch” — it’s a beaut! The game is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac for $20, and it’s coming to the Nintendo Switch “soon.”