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If too many people die, this multiplayer horror game stops working

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The Flock is a limited time multiplayer horror

There’s a sort of security when it comes to online multiplayer. For the most part, servers stay online as long as there are a healthy number of people playing. Servers for extremely popular games stay online for decades – never threatening to rob your of you multiplayer habit. A new horror game, however, is using the fear of never playing again as its greatest hook.

The Flock is an asymmetrical (the Evolve flashbacks are strong) first-person horror multiplayer title that pits groups of grotesque monsters against a single, light-wielding Carrier. Each match starts off with every player as a member of the creepy Flock creatures, with a single Light Artefact shining through the smog of the ruined earth. The first player to get there becomes the Carrier – fending off the horrors that lurk in the shadows as other players attempt to wrest the device from their grasps for themselves.

It actually looks genuinely terrifying, especially since the intelligence of human players can really amplify the tension exponentially.

The kick is that The Flock will only have a limited lifespan. The game will keep track of player deaths in the game, slowly shaving away a global total that is kept on the game’s forums, Steam page and website. When that counter reaches zero, the game ends – permanently. The game’s servers will shut down forever, leaving players with a climatic ending to the online-only title.

That’s equal parts interesting and risky, but the uncertainty of it all is what makes The Flock unique at its core. It’s almost like Peter Molyneux’s own similar experiment with Curiosity. People addicted, smashed little cube bits in Curiosity because they really wanted to know what was at the end. The Flock, I presume, will attract similar players.

Although, it does bring up questions about what value should be attributed to a title whose lifespan could end on a whim. There’s no indication of how you’re going to be able to notch down that death counter, but The Flock isn’t that far away from kicking things off. Expect it in the next few months on PC.

Last Updated: July 17, 2015


  1. wait… what? I NEED TO TRY THIS GAME!!!


  2. Witcher Bob

    July 17, 2015 at 15:36

    I understand that servers get shut down but they try to stay running for as long as possible. It’s a risk but many do stay running for years. I’m simply not going to pay for a game that I know I’ll never be able to play again because the devs don’t feel like paying for servers over the long-term.


  3. Johann

    July 17, 2015 at 15:37

    Ok so if I understand it correctly, once you die that’s it? No respawn or try again?

    If that’s the case, with our shitty internet connections in SA this is really not a good idea. Hey guys look, I got in… 5 second lag spike… never mind I’m dead


  4. Admiral Chief in Skellige

    July 17, 2015 at 15:38

    Oh for flock sake


  5. Witcher Bob

    July 17, 2015 at 15:39

    “The Flock, I presume, will attract similar suckers.” – fixed it for you.


  6. Lord Chaos

    July 17, 2015 at 15:50

    I’m pretty sure a horror game in the same line as this could be a great idea, but not an all against one.
    The horror and difficulty should become more progressive as people are killed/turned. And no server switch off.


  7. HvR

    July 17, 2015 at 16:00

    The winning recipe of Evolve combined the silliness of Moly. Call me a Negative Nancy but no.


  8. Byron Reeve

    July 17, 2015 at 17:30

    I do wonder how much this title would cost, given the transient nature of the server. I have a feeling that they will start with a high price and hope many people will play for the bragging rights for old men: “Back in my day, I was one of the few who played The Flock. One of a kind game that. Not like CoD15 you whipper snappers play today. Too bad you can’t play The Flock, ever, sonny eh heh heh. Those were the days! When games where a lifestyle, not some silly entertainment for children!”

    I’ll wait and see…my gut tells me this will be nichey, probably buggy at launch and full of trolls dying to accelerate the Clock of Doom.


  9. EishWelma

    July 17, 2015 at 19:31

    So, is this a F2P game.. ?? or do you have to fork out cash to play a game that might end wihin a month of launch?


  10. Maria Parker

    July 19, 2015 at 14:57

  11. fleshtwister

    July 20, 2015 at 09:09

    So what happens if you become a Carrier and play for a few hours and then log off and go offline? Will there be no carrier on that game server until you come back? Or will someone else have a chance to become a carrier once you’re gone? Or does leaving=death? How exactly does this work?


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