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Why Nightingale Could Be the Best Survival Game of 2024

Endless exploration and great survival elements.

In early 2023, I learned about an up-and-coming Nightingale game being developed by an indie studio, Inflexion Games. Immediately, the visuals and premise of the game blew me away, and the more I learned about it, the more I fell in love with it and wanted to share why I believe it can become the biggest survival game of 2024.

The game is set in an alternative reality around the Victorian age, where the Fae have shared magic with humans, enabling them to traverse a vast network of arcane portals. These humans, known as Realm Walkers, can travel to and explore an endless number of trans-dimensional realms of the Fae.

All was well, then tragedy struck. A mysterious force attacked and decimated Earth, and the portal network mysteriously collapsed, stranding survivors in fantastical, yet dangerous realms. Our mission is to navigate a labyrinth of portals, and find our way back home to the magical city of Nightingale, the last known bastion of humanity.

Screenshot by Kiitarie

Now, let me tell you why I think that Nightingale is so good.

First, Nightingale has an easy-to-use building system, which, on the one hand, is quite simple and allows you to build practically anywhere with premade building pieces, if you have the blueprint for the item. Unlike other survival games, it allows you to put down several building pieces to layout exactly how you want your base to look and continue to add resources to the building until it is completed. If you are playing with friends, they can also add resources to the building project, allowing a great group dynamic to emerge and very intricate structures to be built.

Nightingale is, at its core, a survival-and-exploration game. While playing, you will have to maintain your character by making sure they are fed, so you will find a wide variety of creatures and flora to eat. Yet, the quality of the ingredients and the food you eat will also dictate how much life you have and how much damage you can take before dying, and if you do not eat, your life will slowly deplete until you die.

Sleep is another factor you must take into consideration, as how rested you are determines how much stamina you have to perform actions such as harvesting resources and cutting down trees, as well as attacking and defending. If your character is tired, your stamina pool will decrease, causing you to run out of stamina much more quickly, which can be detrimental in the middle of combat, especially if you are unable to attack your enemies. If you continue to fight through the fatigue, your stamina will keep depleting until you die. Luckily, the game does allow you to take a short naps to quickly regain your rest bar or a long rests, which will fill up your restfulness bar and pass time as well.

My number one reason why Nightingale could become the biggest survival game this year is exploration.

I think exploration is the most exciting and expansive aspect of the game. The game uses a set of Realm cards to generate procedural-generated realms for you to travel. As you explore the realms, you will gain access to a wide variety of additional Realm Cards, allowing you to create an unlimited number of places to travel to, secrets to find, puzzles to solve and foes to overcome.

What is already shown in the game is breathtaking, and Nightingale is built in Unreal Engine 5, allowing for a ton of graphical enhancements to make exploring not only exciting but also visually stunning as well.

As the game continues in development, the developers are going to add additional Realm cards to the mix to open even more advanced places to traverse. Furthermore, as seeing that the different realms you visit are from Fae lore, there could be an unlimited amount of new mythical and magical creatures to find.

In conclusion, Nightingale is a visually stunning game with an intricate gathering and crafting scheme and a robust and easy-to-use building structure. Along with a survival system that isn’t too basic and yet not too complex, and the ability to travel and explore an endless amount of extraordinary procedurally generated worlds, I think it will become the best survival game of 2024.

What do you think of my prediction? Are you as excited about the game as I am? Let me know in the comments below.

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