Never Alone Game Launches on Mobile Platforms
Indie hit now available for IOS, coming to Android this month
The first-of-its-kind atmospheric puzzle-platform video game, Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa), is now accessible for a newly expanded audience of game enthusiasts with the global launch of Never Alone: Ki Edition, a worldwide App Store Editors’ Choice for iPhone and iPad. The Android release on Google Play will follow on June 23rd.
Inspired by Iñupiaq folklore, stories and characters handed down over generations through traditional storytelling, Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa) launched worldwide in November, 2014 for PlayStation 4, XBox One, and Windows-based PCs. Never Alone is now available through a variety of digital retailers on multiple additional platforms, including Mac, Linux, PS3, Wii U and Nvidia Shield.
Developed through partnership between Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), E-Line Media of New York and Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members, Never Alone is the first title in a dynamic new genre of video games dubbed World Games—digital game experiences bringing traditional stories from indigenous cultures to global audiences through the immersive power of video games.
Reaching nearly three million PC and console players worldwide, Never Alone was named on more than 75 "Best of 2014" media lists and was the winner of "Best Debut Game" at the 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Games Awards, as well as "Game of the Year" and "Most Significant Impact" at the 2015 Games for Change Awards.
“I am so heartened by the continued success of Never Alone and that the world is ready to use the unique power of video games to share and extend culture,” said Gloria O’Neill, President and CEO of CITC. “The impact of Never Alone clearly demonstrates the power of vision, belief in our culture, and the value of partnership, relentlessness and hard work.”
Reimagined for the mobile experience, the Ki (pronounced “kee”) edition is available in 16 languages and features every level of the original game, with optimized graphics that bring the beauty of the game’s ethereal Arctic environments to phones and tablets.
“We hope to share this timeless story with millions more by creating the best possible experience for mobile,” said Alan Gershenfeld, President of ELine Media. “We’ve added new touch controls and a hint system to help new players master the controls and solve puzzles.”
The Ki Edition also includes the original unlockable cultural insight video vignettes featuring members of the Alaska Native community who collaborated to make the game by sharing stories and wisdom about their culture, values and Arctic Alaska.