The Flock, an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game from Dutch developer Vogelsap, is now available for Windows on Steam, Vogelsap’s website, and The Humble Store for $16.99 USD/EUR.
The main hook of The Flock is that there is a limited pool of lives for all the players: 215,358,979 lives to be exact. There will be various ways to check how many lives are left with counters on sites like the game’s website, the game’s steam page, and the game menu just to name a few. Once pool reaches zero, the game ends forever. And Vogelap means it: once it’s over, it’s gone for good.
The game takes place on a post-apocalyptic Earth in the year 3000, where the sun has been completely blocked out by excessive amounts of pollution. Before humanity became extinct, the world’s most brilliant minds came up with a way to potentially save the human race: the Light Artifact, which simulates sunlight from beneath the smog. It was completed too late though, so they programmed the artifact to emerge in the year 3000, hoping that whatever inhabitants were left could make use of it and save the planet.
Players take the role of either the Flock or the Carrier. As the Flock, players seek out wherever the Light Artifact is hidden in the level or attack the player currently holding the artifact to obtain it. Once a player possesses the artifact, they become a Carrier. As a Carrier, you have the ability to use the artifact to illuminate the area, activate objects, and burn members of the Flock alive until they die.
If you want a small taste of what it’s like, you can watch the game’s launch trailer below.