The developer of The Novelist, Orthogonal Games, has announced a new survival game today called “Near Death”.

Near Death takes place in the Antarctic region after the player’s plane crashes near a research facility in the region. The game will test player’s survival skills in a harsh environment by the utilization of some pretty neat gameplay mechanics. The official detail set can be found just below via the game’s press release.

During an emergency winter flight your plane crashes near an abandoned Antarctic research facility in the midst of a deadly blizzard. Cut off from civilization and with no hope of rescue, you must explore Sutro Station and scavenge for the means of escape while enduring blinding whiteouts and temperatures 100 degrees below zero. Never more than a few minutes from freezing to death in the darkness of polar night, you must reclaim the station from the elements and fight for your life in a terrifying environment that’s more like another planet than the world you know. And you’ll discover why a research station in the coldest place on Earth stands empty, yet somehow alive.

  • Unique gameplay suited to the harsh realities of a frigid, dark continent. Create light trails to mark your way in zero-visibility storms. Melt frozen doors and obstacles to explore the base in search of supplies. Find temporary warmth with your portable heater. These are just some of the abilities you’ll use while exploring and escaping Sutro Station.
  • A dynamic weather system that uses snow, wind, temperature, lighting, and more to create a multitude of Antarctic conditions ranging from brief moments of calm to raging winds and blinding whiteouts.
  • A realtime temperature simulation that dynamically freezes and thaws the environment room by room, based on exposure to the elements, building layout, and the base’s power system. As the player, you’ll repair damaged areas and protect them from the elements to create pockets of safety and expand your reach.
  • A fully explorable Antarctic research station with seamless open world navigation over an unforgiving landscape.

The first trailer for Near Death was posted online today and you can check it out at the bottom of the article. Let us know what you think of it in the comments section and stay tuned for further updates on this rather unique survival game.

Near Death is due out on the PC, Mac and Linux sometime during 2016.

Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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