Never Alone (also known as Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) is a game seeking to not only entertain, but educate. The title was developed by Upper One Games in partnership with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. The goal is to use the game as a way to expand and maintain the folklore of the Iñupiat people. To ensure accuracy, the developers worked with nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers, and community members to bring the game to life.
Never Alone is an atmospheric puzzle-platformer where you play as young Iñupiat girl, Nuna, and her arctic fox. Players set out on a journey to find the source of the eternal blizzard, traveling through dangerous terrain, and meeting legendary characters from Iñupiat stories along the way. Never Alone offers a single player mode, allowing control of both characters or cooperative play with each player controlling one of the characters.
Never Alone releases on November 18th for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Watch the trailer below for a glimpse at what the title has to offer.
I really like the concept behind Never Alone. I imagine Alaska Native culture is not well known amongst gamers and this is a cool way to introduce it to a new group of people. Visually, the game stands out and reminds me somewhat of Limbo with the mood it evokes. I also like the choice of protagonist, with Nuna and her fox forming a lovable pair based on the moments from the trailer.
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