'Never Alone' is an Indie ID@Xbox Adventure Inspired By Alaskan Folklore
Written Friday, May 09, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Upper One Games, a studio comprised of Alaskan natives, has announced its indie adventure, Never Alone, or 'Kisima Ingitchuna' in the indigenous Alaskan language, Iñupiaq. You assume the roles of both young Iñupiaq girl Nuna, and an Arctic fox, in a platformer that's filled with puzzles to solve.
Never Alone combines traditional Alaskan folklore, stories, setting and characters, the roots of which date back thousands of years, and draws upon its imagery and themes to create "striking visuals". Playable alone or in co-op, you'll have to traverse harsh environments, while in single-player you'll be able to switch between Nuna and Fox at any time across the game's eight chapters.
Encounters with traditional characters from Alaska Native folklore like Manslayer, Blizzard Man, Sky People, the Little People and the Rolling Heads will also feature in Never Alone, as well as unlockable insights into the Iñupiaq way of life, as told by Alaskan Native elders and youth.
"We're extremely proud and excited to be building a truly unique game," said Gloria O'Neill, President and CEO of Upper One Games. "We'd like to think we're creating one of the most authentic - and fun - games of the year. Video games are powerful tools for making the history, tradition and culture of indigenous peoples relevant to both the next generation of Native people and the rest of the world."
Never Alone is scheduled to launch as a downloadable title for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in autumn 2014 for $14.99. Check out the trailer below.