Never Alone’s PS4 version has been delayed in Europe
Publisher E-Line Media and developer Upper One Games have revealed the PlayStation 4 version of their recently released 2.5D puzzle platformer – Never Alone – has been delayed in Europe. Said set-back is directly related to an update of the game still being in certification with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “E-Line and Upper One Games are committed to delivering the best customer experience possible,” reads a recent statement. While we’re disappointed that the European PS4 launch will be delayed by a week, we are confident that game players will be delighted by Never Alone when it does come out.” Never Alone’s newest release date is November 26th.
The game also known as Kisima Inŋitchuŋa is developed by Upper One Games in conjunction with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a non-profit organization that works with indigenous groups living in Alaska’s urban areas. The Council met with video game education company E-Line Media and generated the idea for Never Alone as part of a series that “shares, celebrates, and extends culture.” The Council’s for-profit Upper One Games is the “first indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in US history.” They built the game to explore “what it means to be human” and intergenerational stories. It is intended both to share the stories of native culture as entertainment, and to revitalize interest in Alaskan indigenous folklore. Proceeds from the game will fund the Council’s education mission.
E-Line creative director Sean Vesce was excited by the idea and challenge of leaving his cubicles where “a bunch of white guys” discuss fictional fantasies and instead work to build a game around a community’s “values and mythologies.” He had previously held leadership positions at Crystal Dynamics and Activision. They built a 12-member development team in Seattle, who worked with a group of Alaska Native community storytellers and artists to craft the game. Never Alone is available for purchasing on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.