Never Alone (or "Kisima Ingitchuna") made quite a splash when it originally launched back in 2014, with consoles like the Wii U getting the game a year later. Published by E-Line Media, it's a puzzle platformer (played solo or in local co-op) that also roots its storytelling and experience in 'Iñupiaq and other Alaska Native cultures', delivering a level of cultural authenticity that was rather rare 7-8 years ago.
It won a number of prestigious awards and is now finally making its way to Switch as Never Alone: Arctic Collection, which includes the core game along with the Foxtales DLC. You can see a trailer above and some official details below, including some notable recognition of the game's cultural impact.
Winning the “Best Debut Game” BAFTA in 2015, E-Line Media collaborated with the Iñupiat to create this atmospheric puzzle platformer and Never Alone was recently immortalized as part of Smithsonian’s FUTURES Exhibition. In 2021, the Smithsonian debuted the FUTURES Exhibition in celebration of its 175th anniversary. In its 175 years, the Smithsonian Institution stands as the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex with 19 museums and the National Zoo. Founded in 1846, it shapes the future by preserving heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing resources with the world.
Known as “Kisima Ingitchuna” in the Iñupiaq language,Never Alone immerses players in an atmospheric puzzle platformer in the role of a young Iñupiaq girl and an arctic fox, combining traditional stories, settings, and characters that have been handed down over generations by the Iñupiaq people whose roots and heritage date back millennia. It features imagery and themes drawn directly from Iñupiaq and other Alaska Native cultures, contains striking visuals that emphasize the sensibilities and perspective of these indigenous Arctic peoples, and allows players to work cooperatively to succeed in challenging and harsh environments.
As you can also see in the trailer it teases a sequel; it's entering pre-production so will still be a way off.
We're looking forward to seeing how this shapes up on the Switch.