We're rather surprised that the mechanics and aesthetics of Firewatch weren't emulated by all manner of indie studios following its release all the way back in 2016, so it actually feels like Arctic Awakening has been a long time coming. It does have quite a lot to call its own though, with the most obvious being a wintery setting and an AI companion robot. It is also going to be episodic, and is targeting a release in 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PS4.
The game is set in 2062 and follows Kai after he survives a plane crash during the arctic winter. With co-pilot Donovan lost, the protagonist is joined by an AI robot named Alfie. You'll be able to affect the relationship's Kai holds with other people through dialogue options and optional events. Game director James Simpson describes Arctic Awakening as one of "survival, friendship, self-discovery, and the mysteries [the characters] encounter along the way." Looking pretty good, right? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.