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Be the Badger
PC game under development casts players as Wisconsin's favorite omnivore.

This is the perspective of the badger (you) crawling out of her (your) den.

Small PC game developer Might and Delight announced today that it's working on a new title, "Shelter," that will simulate the travails of a mother badger fending for a den full of cubs. The company released the gauzy puzzle-platformer "Pid" in 2012 and says it's now midway through the development of "Shelter," which appears to have a muted, lo-fi aesthetic (just like Wisconsin!).

From the brief announcement:

As the mother of a litter of cubs you are forced out from familiar and safe surroundings to find new shelter in a beautiful but dangerous world. The harsh reality of nature plays a pivotal role in the game whilst at the same time ... aims to pay a homage to the great outdoors and all its imposing beauty.

The player takes on the role of a badger mother who needs to protect her cubs from the dangers that exist in nature. The game takes the player on an emotional journey and focuses heavily on creating attachment between the player and the badger family.

Games played from an animal's perspective are few and far between. The 1994 DOS game "Wolf" is probably the most famous example. The 1995 followup "Lion" was almost as well-received.

Games simulating aquatic life and predation are almost more common (see this listing of the "fish survival" genre) than those simulating land-walkers, though no game has promised such an intimate link between a badger-player and the badger-player's digital offspring.

Shelter is scheduled for release later this year. Trailer below.

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