Peter Molyneux has revealed his latest project. The Trail: Frontier Challenge is a version of the mobile game his studio, 22cans, released last year, but “rebuilt and redesigned” for Steam.
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Presumably, this is ‘Legacy’, the project Molyneux mentioned back in April but was uncharacteristically reticent to discuss. The mobile version of The Trail is a game about exploration and discovery; players hike across unknown countryside toward the town of Eden Falls, gathering and crafting as they go, before ultimately settling in the town and making their fortune by trading with other players and/or working in a profession. So what’s new in the PC version?
“Our goal with The Trail: Frontier Challenge was to take the core gameplay and narrative of The Trail on mobile, and reimagine it for Steam players,” Molyneux says, according to PC Gamer. “PC players are looking for a completely immersive and uniquely challenging experience and I think they will be pleased with what we’ve created. The gameplay has been developed to be far more strategic. For example, players will now have to balance what they carry in their packs against how fast and far they can travel. Bigger items are heavier and slow you down, smaller items are lighter so you can travel faster.”
The Steam page is live now, promising a release some time this summer. The game will feature five professions (lumberjack, hunter, cook, tailor, and explorer) in which you can level up and work to make your fortune. You’ll join other players to develop your own community, build and furnish a house, and even get a pet dog for company.
Though the mobile versions of the game are highly-rated, the response to the new trailer has been less positive: it has more dislikes than likes, and the comments section makes frequent reference to Molyneux’s reputation for over-promising and under-delivering.