Never Alone is a frankly awesome looking debut game from Upper One Games that is set to be released this Fall as a downloadable title for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for the very reasonable price of $14.99.
Before now not a whole lot was known about the game but Upper One Games have finally released some new info on the title. In the game players will control a young Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her Artic Fox as they explore an atmospheric land that is inspired by traditional folklore handed down from generation to generation by the Alaskan Native people. The gameplay will be a puzzle platformer with an emphasis on teamwork to overcome obstacles.
Upper One Games teamed up with E-Line Media to create this game. They have been working alongside Iñupiaq elders and storytellers in order to create a game that accurately depicts the culture of Native Alaskan heritage.
The president and CEO of of Upper One Games and Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Gloria O’Neil said: “We’re extremely proud and excited to be building a truly unique game. 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.”
The chief executive of E-Line Media said: “This is the most personally rewarding project I’ve worked on in twenty years of designing video games. Alaska Native mythology and culture is incredibly rich and translates remarkably well to making an amazingly fun experience for all audiences.”
Some details of the game include:
• 1- and 2-player modes, both involving cooperative play (in single-player mode, the player can switch between the roles of Nuna and Fox at any time);
• 8 sweeping chapters that take players across treacherous ice floes, Arctic tundra, ice caves, boreal forests, cliff-built coastal villages, and more;
• Game story, settings, characters and gameplay inspired by traditional Iñupiaq folklore, including the story of Kunuuksaayuka (Koo-nook-sah-yoo-ka) that has been handed down for generations among the Iñupiaq people;
• Encounters with traditional Alaska Native folklore characters such as Manslayer, Blizzard Man, Sky People, the Little People and the Rolling Heads;
• Exclusive unlockable insights into the Iñupiaq way of life, told by both Alaska Native elders and youth.