Bear Simulator is "like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear"
If you've been looking at all the hype about Goat Simulator and thought, "That's all well and good, but I would really rather just play a bear!" then you're in luck: developer John Farjay has just Kickstarted Bear Simulator, surpassing its goal of $29,500 goal in just a few days. So far, the game has raised $43,642 in funding, with 23 days to earn more.
Farjay, who is building the game by himself, describes Bear Simulator as "like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear." The game's tagline is "Explore stuff, eat stuff, be a bear!"
Farjay seems upset that this generation's most popular games don't let you play as bears. "It's quite clear the fat cats in Washington with their stove top hats and contemporary jazz music don't want us playing as bears," he said. "It's about time to fight back against the tyranny." With Bear Simulator, he has created a new genre: the FPB (First-Person Bear) genre. "Sure it may seem like a 'dumb idea' or a 'really dumb idea' but you can't honestly tell me you've never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest. That's just an outright lie."
The first-person title will feature melee combat, an open game world, multiple environments, a "catastrophic amount of secrets," a variety of edible fauna, mountain goats ("an extremely important feature"), and "Events" (which Farjay will talk about in the future). Farjay may also include such features as Oculus Rift support, unlockable bear abilities, animal friends, ways to customize your bear, and multiplayer.
Farjay also release a trailer for the alpha version of the game. It is worth noting that the trailer features a bipedal bear, but the final version of the game will have you controlling a bear who walks on all fours, and can only stand up to look around.
Interesting that a bear needs a key to open a door.
If all goes well, the game will launch sometime in Fall 2014. Farjay will try to get the game on Steam, and if that fails he'll try the Humble Store and/or GoG.