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Goner, which could end up being a very interesting survival game for Linux PC has managed to run a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. 682 backers pledged €30,703 to help bring Goner to life and it's a campaign that clearly listed Linux as a release platform in the FAQ.

Goner is a first person perspective survival-horror game that promotes self-management and exploration style gameplay.  You will have complete freedom travelling through a large island, but you will need to be prepared accordingly to survive the many dangers it hides. Face feral dinosaurs and the remaining members of a lost civilization gone wild!

Unlike certain other survival games, it's not one where you're going to be building up a big base. Instead, it's going to be split across a survival mode that is just to survive as long as possible but at some point, the dinos will get you. In this mode you will unlock more for your next run. The other is a story mode about finding your lost mother.

It gives off a pretty intense horror-survival vibe, one that might actually make me require some spare pants if I were to play through it. The below teaser video is certainly not one to watch in a dark room…

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Feature Highlight:

  • Senses: Predators will be able to see you, hear you and smell you. Even if you can defend yourself, sometimes your best chance of survival will be to flee and to hide. You will need to watch your steps and be cautious. 
  • Camouflage: Hide your scent covering your body with mud. There will be more (unpleasant and dangerous) ways of disguising your smell, as well.
  • Survival Mechanics: Stats and inventory management. Activities like hunting, fishing, cooking...Craft and improve items and tools. Build shelters and traps.
  • Survival Horror Mechanics: There will be "safe spots" where you can rest, build, craft and prepare without any danger. You will need to find specific flints to be able to save your progress at your bases. Inventory will be limited and weapons mostly ineffective against certain big or fast aggressive animals. Run, hide and avoid dangers. 
  • Skills: By repetition and success, you will be able to skill up your survival abilities.

You can find the finished Kickstarter here, it's also listed on our dedicated Crowdfunding Page. We'll be following along with great interest.

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buono Sep 11, 2020
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I do wish they had posted some daylight footage, just to get a better look at the game.

On the subject of running around in the dark and completely unrelated to this game, I recently had a go at Interstellar Marines and teamed up with a couple of players who clearly knew exactly what they were doing and where they were going in the pitch black. I didn't know the maps as well and ran straight off the edge to my death AND with a third of our team points, now lost and unrecoverable. DOH!
Purple Library Guy Sep 12, 2020
Just reading the title I was imagining that you play as a poor, frightened dinosaur struggling to survive.

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