Track within the Smoke is a sport of survival. It’s a simulation through which the participant is alone within the wilderness, with solely their wits, energy, and notion on their facet within the wrestle to dwell one other day. It’s not merely an expression of “man in opposition to nature,” however slightly an try to seize the timeless feeling of tuning into nature—listening to its frequencies, making 1000’s of small selections that collectively make up the distinction between life and demise. It’s a sport that tries to attach gamers to a type of existence that trendy life has largely disconnected us from.
A typical day in Track within the Smoke begins earlier than daybreak, with gentle slowly peeking over the horizon by the misty air. As I wake from my slumber, I watch warily as the ultimate embers of my campfire crackle, ensuring to trip all of it the way in which up till daylight.
As is all the time the case, I’ve a lot to do right this moment. Night time will all the time be chilly and harmful, so my first order of enterprise is getting ready for this immutable actuality. I actively start the seek for firewood; I can solely carry a lot, and should suppose strategically. My campsite is a possible base for tonight, so I go away a few of the logs and branches I’ve gathered there. However one by no means is aware of the place they’ll find yourself by dusk, so I’m certain to maintain loads of wooden in my satchel as effectively.
I’m additionally always searching for uncooked supplies of all types. Particularly, I would like to repair my membership—it’s an excellent, sturdy membership, however the rock is about to interrupt, so I preserve a watch out for an acceptable one to switch it with. I’m additionally operating low on leather-based straps, that are a key to constructing reliable clothes and instruments. On this case, I’m lucky to have some on my camp’s drying and tanning rack, in any other case I’d don’t have any selection however to go looking.
The opposite key to survival is, in fact, meals. Nature gives sufficient small snacks for normal sustenance—berries and mushrooms make up a lot of my weight-reduction plan. However I would like a giant meal day by day or two, and out right here within the wild, animal flesh is my solely possibility. I’m not going looking on this specific day, as looking and harvesting occupies an excellent chunk of my daylight. Immediately, I wish to journey gentle and forge forward to achieve new territory, so I deliver alongside some dried meats that I’ve been saving.
I’ve additionally packed a complete suite of arrows to guard me in opposition to predators; my bow is cleanly tuned and prepared for motion. Hazard is available in many varieties out right here, and even the very best laid plans may be laid naked by a lion ready in ambush. I preserve a lookout for small stones that may be transformed into arrowheads, ought to I would like extra.
As I make my means north, I’m exploring the brand new area and peeking my head into all its nooks and crannies. I’m trying to find all method of uncooked supplies, but additionally statues and carvings from my ancestors who got here earlier than me. I can solely place three campfires per world; as such, I would like to contemplate their areas rigorously, as a way to cowl the complete space over the course of the day. House mapping is subsequently a necessary a part of life out right here within the wild.
I’m always, conscious about the passage of time. As the sunshine begins to fade right into a heat crimson, and the crickets and cicadas come to life, I understand it’s in all probability too late to enterprise ahead; I wish to be constructing my campfire by nightfall.
I get again to my camp with a little bit of time to spare, and I really feel comforted. I construct my fireplace up, cautious to keep up its warmth and gasoline ranges. I cook dinner the meals I foraged and caught that day, because it’s extra nutritious that means. I’m grateful for a full evening’s relaxation, a full stomach, and a heat fireplace to maintain out the darkness.
The PlayStation VR journey of Track within the Smoke launches tomorrow, October 7 on PlayStation 4.