When Never Alone was released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One last year (it came to Mac earlier in 2015), it was rightfully lauded as a masterpiece. Developer Upper One Games had teamed up with publisher E-Line Media to craft a brilliant adventure focused on a tale of Alaska’s native Iñupiaq people, as a young girl named Nuna and her fox, Fox, tried to save their village from a deathly blizzard.
With Upper One themselves being made up of Iñupiaq and with the game having been made with the input of Iñupiaq elders too, Never Alone successfully shone a spotlight onto the culture and ways of a group of people that most had never heard of. It wasn’t a dry, interactive textbook from your secondary/high school and it wasn’t some Chinese whispers sort of retelling by developers who’d merely seen or heard of the Iñupiaq but weren’t Iñupiaq themselves. Never Alone was authentic as it got.
So when (expansion DLC) Never Alone: Foxtales was announced, promising to showcase more of Alaska’s environment and introducing us to its spring season, plenty (myself included) were glad to have another reason to play the game. But is this expansion substantial enough? And has Upper One managed to deliver something fresh or is it more of the same? Read the rest of this Never Alone: Foxtales review to find out.