Raft is an open world survival video game developed by Swedish developer Redbeet Interactive, and published by Axolot Games. The game was released as an early access title on 23 May 2018 on Steam, after initial release as a free download on indie platform Itch.io.
The game is played from the first-person perspective and can be played either in the single-player or multiplayer mode. With the latter, the server is automatically provided by the game and the game takes place in co-op mode.
After a world is created, the player starts on a raft in the middle of an ocean. The player starts only with a hook that they can fish barrels, wood, palm fronds, plastic, and other objects out of the water. The player can leave the raft and collect things while swimming, but must be careful as the raft is always moving due to the continuous ocean current. The player can also be attacked or killed by sharks that are always swimming around the raft. These sharks will also occasionally attack corners of the raft, destroying parts of it. Using a crafting system, the player can use the collected materials to assemble and research new items and to expand and improve the raft. For example, tools, weapons and nets can be manufactured. These can be used control and guide the raft, increase the size and stability of the raft, and defend the raft from the sharks.
The player also needs to manage basic needs like hunger and thirst by catching or growing food and purifying water to drink. During the game, the raft may pass by islands which the player can explore to get special items and resources. The player can also dive in coastal regions and collect special items.
With the help of a two-way radio. the player unveils the game’s storyline. The world has been deserted. The protagonist which players play as is searching for his wife and daughter. Using the two-way radio, codes found and logged in the player’s journal can be inputted, leading to islands where information, unique materials and more codes can be found.