The Drifter is an indie title that puts you in the shoes of Mick Carter, a man who has been drifting (shocker!) for a long time now. Never sticking around in the same place for too long, or keeping the same job for much longer than a few weeks. However, Mick’s been forced to return to his home town, somewhere he really doesn’t want to be, where he witnesses a violent murder, gets pursued by a mysterious force, and ultimately dies.
However, death is not the end for Mick Carter the drifter, in fact it’s the beginning. Players take on the role of Mick just before he’s killed, with the consciousness of the future Mick Carter, who’s been killed only moments into the future, crammed into his brain. As if it wasn’t weird enough, knowing that you’re about to die, Carter is also framed for the murder he witnessed, gets tormented by the ghosts of his past in his home town, and has the distinct feeling that something otherworldly followed his consciousness back from beyond the grave.
Over the course of The Drifter, players will find themselves caught in a shadowy web or conspiracy, murder, and the obsession of a madman who dies over a thousand years ago. The story is a pulp action thriller that draws from Stephen King, Michael Crichton, and John Carpenter, brought together with some good old fashioned 70s Ozploitation. The game is a point and click adventure with a unique 360 degree look that hasn’t been used before.
Gritty and Dark
I first saw The Drifter on Steam, where it can be wishlisted right now, and was immediately drawn to it because of the dark and gritty atmosphere it exudes. The short trailer is incredible, setting the scene exactly as you’d imagine it from the game’s description, with just enough of a hint of Judge Dredd and Robocop to make it intriguing in a futuristic way. Check out the trailer below.
I’m most intrigued about the history of the protagonist, Mick Carter, who must have a reason to want to stay away from his home town. There’s a hint in the game’s description where it mentions Mick’s ghosts from his past, which would be enough to make most people stay out of their home town if I’m honest. However, the concept that Mick’s brain is the consciousness that died, brought back in time to save himself, makes me think that there’s something slightly occult going on with The Drifter.
I think that the game’s heart will be this thousand year old madman’s obsession, something from ancient history that has caused Mick’s deceased self to come back to him prior to his death. It’s all just the right side of mad to make The Drifter maintain that sense of gritty realism, without straying too far over the bonkers line to be funny. This is a fine line that game developers have to tread, but it sounds like The Drifter does a superb job of knowing which side it lies on.
The Drifter comes from the same developer that brought us Crawl and Peridium, which is yet another reason to be excited for it. Let us know what you think of The Drifter in the comments.