Released last year to positive reception of its platforming gameplay and aesthetic inspired by Alaskan Native culture, E-Line Media’s Never Alone: Kisima Inŋitchuŋa will be expanding its horizons with a brand new expansion coming later this month to continue its arctic trek.
A new post from developer E-Line Media revealed that the new expansion, titled Never Alone: Foxtales, will be debuting for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC on July 28th, 2015. The new content for the game stems from the development team’s immersion within “hundreds of Alaska Native stories,” with the new content to feature three new levels based on another story, as the blog post from E-Line Media explained:
“We decided to base Foxtales on the story of ‘The Two Coastal Brothers,’ as told by Willie Panik Goodwin, Sr. The interdependence between the two brothers in this traditional tale was really compelling because in many ways it reflected the interdependence between Nuna and Fox. One brother is an excellent hunter and fighter. The other is a strong swimmer. To defeat the main antagonist, they must work together, each of their unique talents supporting the other and ultimately proving crucial to their success.”
Compared to the original release, Foxtales will provide players with a variety of new challenges and obstacles to overcome, as the new expansion will take place in the waters and coastal areas of Northwest Alaska, and the season being changed from the blistering Alaskan winter to spring, as the blog post explained:
“We made a decision early in our design process to set Foxtales not only in a different location but also in a different season: the Arctic spring. This not only let us include new game mechanics, but also let us develop art and level designs that depict the beauty of Alaskan environments that couldn’t have appeared in the original game – like an arctic prairie with the first blooms of spring peaking through the snowpack, the rapids and waterfalls of a river fed by melting snow or the subterranean lair of an unexpected new villain.”
In addition to the announcement of the new DLC expansion, E-Line Media also revealed that PS3 and PS Vita versions of Never Alone are currently in development, with the team expecting the release of both new versions of the game to arrive in Fall 2015.
Never Alone is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, and Mac – the PS3 and PS Vita versions will release in Fall 2015, while the game’s first expansion, Never Alone: Foxtales, will debut for PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, and PC on July 28th, 2015. In the meantime, you can check out the debut trailer for Foxtales below:
[UPDATE, 7/16/15]: This article has been updated to correct that the new Foxtales content will also be coming to Xbox One, Wii U, and PC on July 28th, 2015 alongside the PS4 version.