It has been a while since I've been reading the forum. I see I've got to read a lot of Milton Mailbags haha.
40 Canadian dollars. I got very intrigued by the pure survival aspect. Back then the 3 proof of concept video's that existed where prototype footages of a dead deer, the inside of a house and a tent in the middle of a frozen forest. While approaching the dead deer a text comes onto the screen "Would you eat?". Walking towards the tent you hear 2 people inside having an argument and one screaming "Shut up! Shut up!". In the house (dark with fire as lightning) you're looking at a door at the other side you hear wolves barking followed by a man shouting "Open up!" followed by smashing on the door and a woman screaming for her live. Text on screen: "Would you open the door?". After each of the 3 video's a text appears "How far will you go to survive?".
One of the things that intrigued me a lot where the open world, the full control you have as a player and the survival factor "Willpower". Willpower never got made into the game because it's something difficult to implement along with the other survival factors like hunger, thirst, temperature, etc. Willpower was going to be the mental and emotional state that surviving requires the most. The idea was that you would have a photo of your family inside a locket or a Polaroid photo. Looking at the photo slightly wears out the photo but it reminds you what you're fighting for and gives you the strength to go on with surviving. You would only use it sparingly and events in the game could 'recharge' the photo, but it could be a game changer when in danger. I kinda miss this aspect in the current game but at the same time I don't as I understand how difficult it would be to introduce something like this. Especially without making it a boring feature which is only about looking at a photo every once in a while.
But yeah, this was one of the many aspects that got me into backing this game. Mostly the decision making you do as a player; "How far will you go to survive?". Looking at the ways you can survive and fail...man the game has gotten really far! I remember playing the beta and being overwhelmed by the fact that I got killed by what turned out to be my most intriguing enemy: cold temperature. I never expected that this game would get an open world with the size I could only dream of. Let alone the huge amount of surviving skills, objects to interact with and the huge amount of crafting. Looking back at it, if I would have known, I seriously would have thought about backing it for 80 or maybe even 120 Canadian dollars. Which is extraordinary for me as I tend to say that $60 is a whole lot for a computer game.
In case anyone of Hinterland reads this: thank you for the great journey so far! Both the game and the whole community around it. Happy holidays!