This guy just raised $38,000 to make a video game about being a bear

Bear Simulator Kickstarter campaign easily surpasses funding target; "It's like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear," says creator.

If you've ever wondered of what it would be like to be a bear, you're not far from finding out. Developer John Farjay's Kickstarter campaign for Bear Simulator crossed its $29,500 goal last night, meaning the FPB (First-Person Bear) game is going to become an (absurd) reality. Funding currently stands at $38,183 from 1,376 backers.

"Explore stuff, eat stuff, be a bear!" is the game's official tagline. Farjay describes Bear Simulator as "like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear." He's building the game by himself at Farjay Studios.

Farjay said recently released popular games like BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V fail to allow you to play as a bear, and he wants to fix this with Bear Simulator.

"It's quite clear the fat cats in Washington with their stove top hats and contemporary jazz music don't want us playing as bears," he said. "It's about time to fight back against the tyranny."

There have been bear-themed games in the past, like Banjo Kazooie and EnviroBear, but the industry still lacks a solid bear simulator title, Farjay argued.

"Sure it may seem like a 'dumb idea' or a 'really dumb idea' but you can't honestly tell me you've never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest. That's just an outright lie," he said.

Bear Simulator, which arrives on the hilarious heels of Goat Simulator, has players controlling an unnamed bear through a first-person view. The trailer you see above is presented in "bipedal mode," but the final, feature-complete version will have you controlling a bear who walks on all fours, only to stand on two feet to look around.

Bear Simulator also includes a melee fighting system that allows you to fend off other animals, as well an open, multi-environment game world. You'll also encounter a "variety of living things" in the world, a "catastrophic amount of secrets," mountain goats ("an extremely important feature"), and "Events," which will be explained later.

Farjay is also considering features like unlockable bear abilities, animal friends, ways to customize your bear, multiplayer, and maybe even Oculus Rift support.

Bear Simulator is expected to launch in fall 2014 for PC through Steam. Farjay is planning to release the title on Steam Greenlight. If he can't get the game on Steam, Farjay said he would consider the Humble Store, GoG, or some other way to release the game to backers.

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308 comments
00whoah00
00whoah00

That is simply a game for ppl who love bears... anyone who doesn't like it, please stop posting and duping Farjay. Would you like if I called CoD a nasty piece of crap? No? Well, it is the same thing which many do...

korvus
korvus

Did it seriously say "Locked. You need the key"?

deadpen
deadpen

How about a bear in elder scrolls? He is just minding his own business eating a fish then he takes an arrow to the knee.

Viktor737
Viktor737

Bear normally walks on 4 legs. Why he walks on two legs in this game? Is it some sick rule that every first person game must have visible hands/weapon like in f***ing CoD? This game is nice idea. But the walking should be fixed so that you can call it simulator.

prime_l
prime_l

Bears more important than God. The people have spoken.

so_hai
so_hai

As long as you get a chance to eviscerate Bear Grylls, it might be fun.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

"It's like a mini Skyrim but you're a bear" or "Sure it may seem like a 'dumb idea' or a 'really dumb idea' but you can't honestly tell me you've never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest. That's just an outright lie."


I don't know which one is better. These are the most random descriptions for any form of entertainment ever. I love it. Best quotes of the year so far.

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Yeah this is nothing like Skyrim at all and why not just go out to the woods get on your hands and knees and crawl around?  real life bear sim. Not that I have ever done that.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Dovabear CONFIRMED!!!!! This and Goat Simulator.......a match made in simulator heaven.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

lol, this beat the god game by 30K hahaha.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

i'm sorry, but i must have this game.....it's not even a question. I MUST have this game......NOW!!

Sanligo
Sanligo

I wonder if this game will answer the age old question: "Does a bear crap in the woods?"

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Goat Simulator, Bear Simulator, what's next? Donkey Simulator?

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

"Farjay said recently released popular games like BioShock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto V fail to allow you to play as a bear, and he wants to fix this with Bear Simulator." 


Sold. Is there a collectors edition?

MattPeters
MattPeters

You're all idiots but then he had me at "Sure it may seem like a 'dumb idea' or a 'really dumb idea' but you can't honestly tell me you've never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest. That's just an outright lie".

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

So he's clearly missed the absolute most important feature:

      DOES THE BEAR SHIT IN THE WOODS?


Is there like a reverse Sims-type poo-bar, which works more like a power-attack cooldown timer?  

Does consuming various types of food sources apply different "elemental area effects"?


Is the impact to nearby critters DOT or more of a single-hit splash damage (or is that dependent upon the previous question)?



THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS THAT GAMERS WANT ANSWERED.


MaximumPorkchop
MaximumPorkchop

I want to deck out my den with a swimming pool and a fireman pole

alioli
alioli

I just want this so fucking bad tbh.

Trender_man
Trender_man

just another game that glorifies the right to bear arms

liquidvssolid
liquidvssolid

In all honesty, this game actually looks good and has lots of potential. IF this game comes to steam it'll sell well, most steam users knows that, game simulators are big hits on steam. I'll buy it myself if it's good.

DefconRave
DefconRave

Can we customise our appearance? always wanted to roleplay as Yogi.

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

Why is this bear walking on two feet lol

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

never secretly wanted to be a bear wandering around the forest.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

aint there a mod for Skyrim already to play as a Bear....if not im sure someone will or should make one.


Goat sim is on a whole new level of amazingness, this im not too sure lol


nl_skipper
nl_skipper

haha man, people really love to throw away money huh...

KaptenHaddock
KaptenHaddock

@Viktor737

Are you serious? In the trailer it's very clearly explained as a feature for testing the game, and that you will not be bipedal in the final version of the game.

JDFS
JDFS

@prime_l Everything is more important than ''god''

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Pyrosa I hope the dev sees this, that should be the punch line of the story.

JDFS
JDFS

@liquidvssolid No... most steam users don't know that, only retarded steam users do... very different.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PinchySkree It's like no one read the entire article, where it clearly says that in the finished version the bear won't go on two feet.

Viktor737
Viktor737

@KaptenHaddock Let's bet that the front legs will be still visible like that in the final version.

KaptenHaddock
KaptenHaddock

@Viktor737

It's more probable you'll be able to control the camera much like you can in the ArmA series, with your paws "below" you.