Activision’s line of Cabela’s themed hunting games are not exactly known for their riveting stories or their intense gameplay, however, Activision intends to change all of that with their newly announced game Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai. The game, just announced for PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Wii, is designed for compatibility with Activision’s own lightgun-style peripheral, the Top Shot Elite. In addition, the game looks to expand the target audience of Cabela’s games from hunters and… well from hunters to a broader audience, as the game appears to revolve around a fully featured storyline.
The new game puts players into the shoes of a pilot, Logan James, who survives a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness. A 3rd person shooter, the game appears to really be focusing on wilderness survival, such as finding guns and using those guns to kill wildlife and fight nature. Logan will have to traverse some dangerous places to get back to civilization, such as icy cliffs, mountain peaks, dense forests and frozen rivers. The game will apparently include some survival mechanics, with starvation and avalanches listed among the things that Logan will need to worry about, in addition to the bears, birds and wolves shown in early screens.
It may seem like it is a bit silly in concept, and in truth, it kind of is. But at the same time it is hard to complain about a relatively static series attempting to change its image by introducing some new gameplay styles. And a third person game with survival that attempts to avoid adding the modifier of horror might actually be something to watch. Activision is trying something new with one of its brands and that is really something that should be encouraged more in the industry. Whether it works in this particular case remains to be seen, but at least they’re trying.