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Sons of the Forest release date, trailer, platforms and story - What we know so far

Sons of the Forest is the sequel to Endnight's terrifying survival horror game The Forest, which was released back in 2018. The Forest was a pretty big success, receiving positive reviews and selling over five million copies during its first year of release. That's no easy feat for a new horror title that isn't a sequel of some kind to an earlier game. 

While there haven't been a ton of specific details revealed regarding Sons of the Forest just yet, we have a few ideas of what to expect from the new installment. More importantly, we have seen a trailer for the game that gives us a great feel for the tone of the game, as well as some of the threats we'll be facing when Sons of the Forest debuts. Let's return to the forest and take a look at this haunting new game from Endnight. Make sure to bring a flashlight.

Is there a trailer for Sons of the Forest?

An announcement trailer for Sons of the Forest sequel premiered at The Game Awards 2019. If this is anything to go by, Sons of the Forest appears to up the ante from the first game in several ways. 

While the first game focused on an ordinary father and son, Sons of the Forest shows some professionals being put into the fray. We see some type of military unit whose helicopter is brought down by the creatures. We also see mutants similar to those in the first game, but also a few new threats. One appears to be a female creature with extra arms and legs that writhes and dances like a succubus. While we don't know who our protagonists are, we do watch as two of them make their way cautiously through the forest before stopping dead in a cave teeming with mutants.

The trailer is low on plot, but heavy on atmosphere. It looks to be a harrowing experience when all is said and done.

When will Sons of the Forest be released?

We don't yet know a release date for Sons of the Forest. It appears from the trailer as though the game may be rather far along in the development process, but there are likely still some tweaks to be made as Endnight drums up more interest for the sequel. The first game was in Early Access on Steam for a whopping four years, but it's unlikely that the sequel will take quite as long. 

We'll be sure to let you know when we get an official release date for Sons of the Forest.

What platforms will you be able to play Sons of the Forest on?

While we don't currently have an official word on Sons of the Forest''s platforms, we can make some decent assumptions based on the first game. The Forest was released on PC, followed by a PlayStation 4 port. It should be safe to assume that we'll see the sequel on both of those platforms. However, hopefully it'll make it to more platforms, considering how well-liked the original game was.

We'll keep an eye out for an official platform announcement.

What is the story of Sons of the Forest?

While details on the plot of Sons of the Forest are scarce, we can make a few decent guesses based on the teaser trailer and the plot of the first game. While The Forest had a pretty bare bones storyline, there's still plenty there to build off of for a sequel. The first game was a fight for survival with a nonlinear approach to storytelling. A father and son were stranded following a plane crash and had to survive against the cannibalistic mutants that ran rampant in the surrounding forests.

Judging from a few shots in the trailer, Sons of the Forest may be more team-focused than the predecessor. Whether this helps the feelings of isolation or worsens the anxiety of losing teammates remains to be seen. 

Also of note is the lead character's tattoo glimpsed at the beginning of the trailer. It simply reads, "Fight Demons," which may imply that this isn't the first trauma that this person has experienced. Could this character have faced the mutants before? It's an intriguing possibility.