The Iñupiat are a people native to Alaska. Their total population spans around 13,500 people. It’s safe to say that they are a minority culture, and it’s likely you’ve never heard of them. Development team Upper One Games hopes to remedy that – their team is made up of native Alaskans, and they’ve set out to create a game that captures the culture, stories and ideas inherent to the Iñupiaq people.
That game is called Never Alone, and it stars a young Iñupiaq girl called Nuna and her pet arctic fox. From the looks of the trailer, the game will be a side-scrolling platformer with some puzzle elements thrown in. It gives off a bit of a Limbo vibe, albeit with less death and horror.
Hit the jump to see the game in action. It’s a captivating introduction to the title, but that’s likely thanks to the narrator speaking in the Iñupiaq language and saying things like, “What good are old stories if the wisdom they contain is not shared? That’s why we’re making this game.”
Wow, it’s like a head-on collision between technology and this minute, age-old culture. I won’t lie, I got goosebumps, man… goosebumps.
Side note for language nerds: Iñupiat is the plural form; Iñupiaq is the singular.