There have been so many questions from fans regarding the sequel to Endnight Games’s The Forest. However, the most prominent one is probably about the Sons of the Forest release date.
The Forest enjoyed lots of attention upon its release back in 2018. In fact, it may just be one of the best survival games out there! The five million copies sold are a testament to this fact. All the positive reviews the game received told Endnight Games the fans couldn’t wait for a sequel.
And a sequel they got, as the developer announced it with a trailer at The Game Awards back in 2019.
However, there have been several new announcements since then, including changes to the Sons of the Forest release date. Let’s have a look below!
What we know about Sons of the Forest so far
As we previously mentioned, Sons of the Forest is the successor to Endnight’s debut game, The Forest.
We don’t know much about the development process yet, though we’re sure to find out after the game’s release. However, the developers have been so kind as to let us in on a few secrets, including the gameplay and some story details!
A long-awaited ‘The Forest 2 sequel’, or a new story?
Sadly, the story is the part where they’ve been the least generous, probably for good reason. Considering the first game’s story is what got fans hyped up in the first place, Endnight Games is probably looking to outdo themselves.
However, we do have a few scarce details, thanks to Endnight’s CEO Ben Falcone!
It seems like the enemies from The Forest won’t be making a return. Rather, they’re looking to introduce some completely new threats that’ll, probably, once again invoke fear in unpredictable ways.
According to fans, it seems like a familiar character will end up making his return in this sequel, as seen in a December 2020 trailer for the game. Well, his toy appeared, anyway. That’s enough to make some speculations, right?
Overall, it looks like Sons of the Forest will essentially be The Forest 2, but with a new setting. This makes it all the more exciting and spooky!
The Sons of the Forest gameplay
The devs have been a lot more willing to disclose some gameplay information. This is most obvious in the trailers, where we can spot a few snippets of gameplay.
While the gameplay seems similar to The Forest, taking a lot of its elements, there are also some new mechanics.
The first one is the weather mechanics which can result in frozen, snowy terrain, among other things. While we’re not yet sure how exactly this will affect the player, we can assume it’ll be harder to travel in these conditions.
Once again, there’s a big emphasis on melee combat, as ammo will be scarce. Of course, ammo means guns will also be available. However, you shouldn’t rely on them too much. Perhaps only use them when you’re really scared out of your wits?
There’s also been talk about improved AI which will affect the behavior of the characters!
Although there will be some single-player action, multiplayer mode is also looking to make a return!
Just like the first game, Sons of the Forest’s multiplayer mode will be co-op rather than player vs player. Regardless, you will probably be able to injure other players, though you can’t kill them.
You’ll have to survive as a group and build items, explore the area, as well as fight off enemies together. You can play this co-op mode with up to three people.
Sons of the Forest – review of trailers
We’ve already said before that the devs have given us something to look at (and think about) with the Sons of the Forest trailers. Check them out below to see what awaits us when the game releases!
The reveal trailer, shown at The Game Awards 2019, does a great job of setting the mood. After a plane crash, our mysterious player character finds themselves in, you guessed it, a forest.
Complete with a showcase of some creepy enemies – though some seem to be set up as a companion for the player, as we’ll see in the second trailer – we already feel the chills crawling up our spine when watching this spooky trailer!
On the other hand, the second trailer shows off a bit of gameplay. We can see mechanics such as the weather system we previously talked about, as well as the Virginia hanging around in camp. It seems like we’ll get the chance to become friends with these previously hostile enemies from the first game.
Finally, the third trailer is the one that shows the most combat mechanics. We’ve already said that we’re probably going to have to rely on melee combat again, but we do get a sneak peek of those shiny new weapons!
Endnight also spared no expense when it comes to the new enemies, as they’re out here looking creepier than ever before.
Overall, if the trailers are anything to go by, it seems like Endnight Games is on the right track with Sons of the Forest.
Sons of the Forest Release Date
The original Sons of the Forest release date was planned for May 2022. However, following a tweet from Endnight, which you can check out below, we can now expect to play the game sometime in October 2022.
Which platforms will support Sons of the Forest?
As of right now, we’ll only be able to play Sons of the Forest on PC. Sadly, this is the only platform mentioned so far.
Nevertheless, fans still have some hope that the game will at least receive a PlayStation port, just as The Forest did.
Additionally, we don’t think it’s too far-fetched to expect the game to receive a port to some other platforms such as the Xbox. After all, its booming popularity must have encouraged the creators to consider expanding their reach.
In any case, there are still a few months left until we can play Sons of the Forest. Who knows? Maybe Endnight Games will surprise us with an Xbox or even Nintendo Switch release!
Either way, we’re counting down the days until we can play this The Forest sequel.