Never Alone is a puzzle-platformer for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. It is a collaboration between E-Line Media and Upper One Games to adapt the culture and oral history of the Iñupiaq community. Up to two players play as a young girl named Nuna and an arctic fox to overcome numerous arctic obstacles while exploring the stories of Robert Cleveland and unlocking videos that share this people's traditions.
Lead game designer Grant Roberts shares the access his team had to the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, what other entries in the "world game" genre were an inspiration, how else the cultural insight videos could've been integrated into the gameplay, and what other heritages might be adapted into future games.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) by E-Line Media
- Grant Roberts' portfolio of shipped titles
- Katrina Filippidis interviews Grant Roberts and Dima Veryovka
- Grant Roberts interview on Never Alone's official website