Have Near Death Experience In Antarctica This Summer

Survival sim Near Death [official site] was first forecast back in the cold mornings of early May. Although not part of the newfangled survival genre as such, it will still see you trying to make it through the sub-zero temperatures of an abandoned Antarctic research station during the pole’s deadly months-long night. Weather will change and the cold can travel from room to room, we are told, making warmth a constant concern. And you’ll be able to freeze to death all you like from August 2nd, the developers have announced. Which is more or less the time when the south pole’s “night” ends and becomes “astronomical twilight”.

Here’s the story: your plane has crash-landed in Antarctica. You survived but you’re now alone and stranded in the dark of Sutro Station, a lost research base established in the 1950s. Explore and gather equipment that will help you survive – a personal heater to keep you alive in a place where temperatures can reach 100 degrees below zero, for example. Or a blowtorch for thawing doors open to reach new areas. More blueprints and upgrades can be found to keep you one step ahead of hypothermia. It’s being made by the folks at Orthogonal Games, those responsible for the familial turmoil of The Novelist. Here’s the trailer from its announcement.

Oh, that sound at the end. I do hope there are no monsters and this is just a weird music thing. Videogames have a habit of throwing baddies into the mix with spooky locations like this, but sometimes the environment is enough of an adversary. Will this be a Long Dark or a Cryostasis? Who knows. The most intriguing thing is probably the way temperature will work. This is what the developers say the game will feature:

“A real-time temperature simulation that freezes and thaws the environment room by room based on exposure to the elements, building layouts, the base’s power system, and your own ability to establish safe areas with makeshift repairs.”

How do you give a thumbs up gesture while wearing mittens?


  1. Hedgeclipper says:

    Looks like the power is on so… not that lost then?

  2. treat says:

    While I agree that not all games need monsters to shoot, ending up with a game like this that bills itself as a “survive the elements” type of affair only to unexpectedly take an At the Mountains of Madness turn two-thirds through would be a most satisfying spookfest.

    • Grim Rainbow says:

      One of the devs on steam said the blizzard will be their ‘monster’. I like your idea though.

  3. Ethaor says:

    Sounds nice, get a the Thing vibe that is nice.

    The graphics are quite good too for a 3DS.

  4. Jetsetlemming says:

    They’re gonna have to explain why there’s nobody else at this place; they emphasize their missing-ness real hard in the trailer with the PC shouting “where is everybody?”. Maybe they’ve all divided into pairs and gone to a couple’s retreat camp in Iceland, and/or ran away from home with their AWOL gfs.

  5. rochrist says:

    Hell of a long way from Antarctica to Iceland.

  6. Qrutch says:

    Audio is a little funky…to me.