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Never Alone gets major new DLC expansion, PS3 & PS Vita release confirmed

Foxtales introduces new abilities and new environments

Since we launched on PS4 in November 2014, our team has been delighted at the audience Never Alone has found on PlayStation. We’ve received wonderful and supportive feedback from players, including many who felt a personal connection with the themes of the game, which was developed inclusively with members of the Alaska Native community.

We were a PS Plus free game for the month of April, and seeing the PS4 community embrace the game was both exhilarating and a little overwhelming. All of this makes it especially exciting to talk about two upcoming Never Alone releases for PlayStation: Never Alone: Foxtales, our first DLC, and Never Alone for PS3 and PS Vita.

Never Alone: Foxtales

Throughout the development of the original Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), we immersed ourselves in hundreds of Alaska Native stories before deciding to base the game on the tale of Kunuuksaayuka. Never Alone: Foxtales features three new levels, inspired by another of these amazing stories.

Working on Foxtales has given our team a chance to build on the elements of the original game that players really responded to with more complex and varied puzzles, new abilities for each of the characters and new environments.

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.

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This idea of interdependence is not only an important theme in many Alaska Native tales, it also creates opportunities for fun gameplay. We found that players of the original game responded best to puzzles that required them to use the special abilities of the two player-controlled characters in unexpected ways. We were able to create more interesting and varied puzzles in Foxtales by embracing this approach, casting Nuna and Fox (the main characters of the original game) as the two characters from the traditional story and giving each character new abilities. Nuna, for example, can row and steer an umiaq (a sealskin canoe) and Fox can interact with spirits to change the flow of underwater currents.

As all this talk about canoes and currents implies, Foxtales is set in a different (and decidedly more nautical) environment than the original game: the waters and coasts of Northwest Alaska. At the risk of stating the obvious, Alaska is a pretty big place and is home to a diverse set of terrain and environments. Those environments also change with the seasons, so things aren’t as uniformly snowy as in the original game (which did involve finding the source of an endless blizzard, after all).

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.

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Never Alone for PS3 and PS Vita

One of our hopes for Never Alone is that the game introduces Alaska Native culture to audiences that may not have been exposed to it before. To that end, our team has started work on bringing Never Alone to two additional PlayStation platforms: PS3 and PS Vita. Our progress has been encouraging, and we expect the game to be available for both platforms this Autumn.

The original Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) is available now via PlayStation Store for PS4. Never Alone: Foxtales will be available as DLC for the original game on PS4 through PlayStation Store on 28th July, 2015. Have questions about Never Alone and Foxtales? Let us know in the comments!

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turbogeek421 16 July, 2015 @ 14:17
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Cross-buy? I really enjoyed this on PS4.

infernalmonkey1 16 July, 2015 @ 14:25
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Awesome, I’ll be grabbing this on Vita. Thanks for porting it over!

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Big thanks for this amazing game !
The DLC will be free on PS4 like the game was ?

This is great news that a PlayStation Vita version of Never Alone has officially been confirmed! I believe this should have been announced at E3 as Never Alone was such an indie hit that it deserved that level of coverage to announce it for the Vita, but nevertheless, great news and certainly much appreciated by the Vita gaming community!

StevenJamesHyde 16 July, 2015 @ 14:33
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Seems perfect for Vita, any word on a release date? I was going to make this my next game on PS4 once batman’s over with, but if the Vita version is coming soon I’ll wait

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They expect the game to be available for both platforms (PS3 & Vita) this Autumn

I gave the PS4 version a go, but was disappointed that It wasn’t on Vita instead. It’ll be great to finally play through this on Vita!

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Prices, i need prices please.

How much will it cost?

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The Dlc, i mean.

ThusSprachSpach 17 July, 2015 @ 12:50
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Price will be €3.99 (or equivalent elsewhere)

crimsonidol-de 16 July, 2015 @ 14:58
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Thank you for the Vita (and PS3)-version!

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That’s awesome that it’s coming to Vita! Great news :-)

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Will Foxtales be included in the PS3/Vita versions?

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If it’s not already included, i wouldn’t expect it as a separate addon. That’s how it usually works with PS4 indie titles ported to PS3/Vita several months later.

ThusSprachSpach 17 July, 2015 @ 20:20
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Dux – At the moment, we’re focused on getting the core game on PS3 and Vita, it’s a little too early for us to tell on the DLC.

Wow this is really surprising, such a great game I would never have expected it to get DLC!

I really loved the first game – it was a mix of entertainment and experiencing a culture. I’m excited to get back in this mythos. Day 1 buy for me.

Also thanks for bringing the game to PS Vita and PS3 – more gamers should be able to play this unqiue game.

lizziebear66 16 July, 2015 @ 15:48
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so glad to see DLC for this game….i loved playing never alone …such a beautiful game
i shall be getting it for the vita also

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Oh wow this is brilliant news. I was very intrigued about this game but it kinda fell off my radar, but will definitely get some attention on my Vita. Hells yeah!

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Any dlc trophies?

I really like the videos included in this game.

ThusSprachSpach 17 July, 2015 @ 20:21
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Yes — new trophies included as well, plus more unlockable Cultural Insight videos (like in the original game)

JoostFormula1 16 July, 2015 @ 20:00
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Downloaded and played the original game when it was free for PSPlus, and I loved it. I’ll did delete it, after finishing, but I’ll happily redownload the game! Thanks PlayStation and the creators of this expansion!

shubham_983 16 July, 2015 @ 20:15
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for all of us who picked up never alone as the plus title will the ps3 and the vita versions be free too??

Nice, grabbed it at launch but haven’t had time yet. Will fix that as soon as PSV version launches :)

Great news, I’ll definitely be picking up the DLC, and the Vita game if available on cross-buy.

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“Have questions about Never Alone and Foxtales? Let us know in the comments!”

…. where we shall completely ignore you!

Seriously folks, asking for questions and then not answering them is just rude.

ThusSprachSpach 17 July, 2015 @ 20:22
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Sorry guys — took a while to the dev account to post replies and comments working but we’re here now!

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hope it will be free for ps plus subscribers :)

MixedUpMoods 17 July, 2015 @ 17:55
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I don’t like to work for free.. 4$ to support the devs is really decent !

HomessaHomem 18 July, 2015 @ 08:05
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I NEED THIS IN MY VITA!

I need this game

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Glad to hear, I really enjoyed this game, aside from the last level in the forest (a bit too hard for the sake of being hard for my liking… the rest of the game was perfect).

Very nice, I’ve wanted to play this game but have no PS4. I hope it’s cross-buy.

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Loved this on PS4 and would definitely play through it again on Vita. Here’s hoping for cross-buy!

Glad to see there’s DLC on the way too. The new settings look pretty interesting.

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