Never Alone really is a one of a kind. Combining puzzles and platforming with the culture and stories of the Native Alaskan Iñupiat people, it really is the only thing like it out there. Granted, Assassin’s Creed 3 featured a Native protagonist but that was a different Native culture and its portrayal was, to put it nicely, a total shambles.
Where AC3 stumbled, Never Alone succeeds as the team behind it are actually Iñupiat themselves and rather than being a gimmick or a back of the box feature – ‘made with real Iñupiat opinions!’ – it’s being made in order to preserve and tell their stories to a younger, gaming audience. How well it marries traditions with entertaining gameplay will be seen next week when Never Alone launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for now we have a fresh launch trailer.
Never Alone Launch Trailer Goes Live
Nuna and her fox companion (named ‘Fox’) are the stars of the show here as they “strive to discover what’s behind an endless blizzard that’s befallen her land”. As fans of the Ico series will realise, having an animal companion in the game usually leads to disaster and heartbreak but here there’s something sort of lovely about the pair being on a journey to save the world.
Along with the perils of being a 3 foot tall child and a not at all threatening animal in a world of ice and growling polar bears we’ll also get to meet some iconic figures from Iñupiat tales along the way including “The Sky People”, “Manslayer” and “Rolling Heads”. Can’t say whether they’ll all be particularly friendly, judging in by that launch trailer, but I’m sure we’ll learn something/maybe have a little cry/experience a grand adventure along the way.
Never Alone will be released on PC (via Steam), PS4 and Xbox One on the 18th of November.