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Survive a climate apocalypse in survival game Highwater

From the maker of Golf Club: Wasteland

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Publisher Rogue Games and developer Demagog are asking players to venture into a bleak, flooded world in Highwater, a “narrative-driven isometric survival game” announced Thursday during Summer Game Fest.

Somewhat like in Golf Club: Wasteland, the 2018 dystopian golf game from Demagog, the ultra-rich are rumored to be evacuating the doomed world and heading to mars in Highwater. (In Golf Club: Wasteland, the ultra-rich have already left for Mars, but vacation on post-apocalyptic Earth for a breezy round of golf.)

Throughout the game’s flooded environment — which includes puzzles and turn-based combat — players try to survive long enough to hopefully sneak onboard the elite’s rocket. The trailer shows some of this, combining navigating streets by boat and visiting all sorts of post-apocalyptic locations.

Highwater is expected out in 2022. Demagog expects to show more of the game in the coming months, according to a news release, including information on the boat exploration and turn-based combat. That’s when platform details will be announced, too.