Arctic Awakening
A first-person narrative adventure set in the unforgiving Arctic. Your plane crashed in a storm, leaving only your court-mandated therapy bot for company as you journey to find your co-pilot and uncover the mysteries buried beneath the ice.
GoldFire Studios
Based in Oklahoma City
PC, Mac, Linux, Consoles
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It was supposed to be routine. A supply drop to an Alaskan town, auto-pilot on, guard down. You and Donovan were already planning post mission drinks when it happened.

The storm.

Half the plane disappeared in a flash. Donovan was gone, lost to the howling tempest. Waking from the crash you find yourself alone, trapped in a frozen wilderness, your only companions a court-mandated therapy bot and temperatures that can cut a man to shreds. Hope for survival lies in finding your friend and maybe a way home.

You are Kai, a pilot without a plane lost in the wilderness of the far north. You’ll need your wits about you to brave the elements, find your co-pilot and get the hell out of Dodge. Along the way, you might just discover what it was that cut your plane clean in two... and what it is making those noises after dark.

Arctic Awakening is a first-person narrative adventure set in the mysterious Arctic North where you and your robotic companion, Alfie, must search for your co-pilot... and a way home.

Choices Matter

Arctic Awakening is a narrative adventure, where your choices affect the decisions of those around you. Your actions will change your relationship with your companions and even your story itself.

Lost... And Found

Exploration is key to unravelling the secrets that surround you. Uncover the mystery of your missing co-pilot, the source of the catastrophe that left you stranded, and maybe, just maybe, find a way home.

You Are Not Alone

In Arctic Awakening the environment itself is a character, one not always on your side. Dynamic weather means each new area never feels the same, and gorgeously realised vistas combine with an ever-changing world to create an atmosphere of discovery, potential and fear.

  • First-person narrative adventure where facing the elements may just be the least of your worries.
  • Stunning Arctic vistas to explore and secrets to uncover with dynamic weather systems creating an ever-changing world.
  • Embrace Kai’s newfound survival partnership with his unwanted therapy bot, Alfie.
  • Make story choices that affect the relationships you build with companions, their decisions, and perhaps even Kai’s story itself.
  • Full voice acting brings the thrilling tale and each captivating character to life.
  • Released as a collection of five 60-90 minute chapters to play at your own pace.
GoldFire Studios was founded by James Simpson in 2008 as an indie game studio in Oklahoma City. We got our start pushing the boundaries of the web with cutting-edge browser-based massively multiplayer games. Our focus remains connecting people around the world through gaming experiences that can be enjoyed anywhere. We have a passion for creating unique, groundbreaking interactive stories that players can both experience and make their own.

After over a decade of successfully building massive multiplayer worlds, we now look to expand our horizons with the more intimate experience of the single-player Arctic Awakening. We believe games can be the ultimate storytelling medium, and we are applying our varied entertainment experience to help push games further towards that eventual outcome.

Arctic Awakening's development is led by James Simpson as writer/director along with a core team of 5 people. We've also had contributions from, among others, Evan Skolnick as narrative consultant (credits include TellTale, Cuphead, LucasArts and more) and Julian Kwasneski as voice director (credits include TellTale, LucasArts, Firewatch and more).
Selected Press
"Firewatch meets The Thing in this game about a near-future plane crash in Alaska"
PC Gamer
"Arctic Awakening Looks Like Firewatch in the Snow"
"Genuinely interesting mystery... beautiful, icy vistas... a thriller that doesn't leave us."
PLAY Magazine
"I never knew how much I wanted a cross between Firewatch and The Long Dark"
"The Long Dark meets Firewatch and this new trailer makes it look incredible"
"Arctic Awakening Gets Chilly New Trailer"
Game Informer
"Telltale signs of mystery and intrigue."
EDGE Magazine
"Arctic Awakening - Official Gameplay Overview"
"Survive A Plane Crash With Your Therapy Robot In Arctic Awakening"
"Arctic Awakening brings the narrative adventure to the frozen north..."
"Episodic narrative adventure game Arctic Awakening announced for consoles, PC"
"Arctic Awakening is an episodic wildlife adventure coming to PC & Consoles"
"Narrative survival game Arctic Awakening is revealed at the Future Games Show"
"Search for a missing friend and discover the mysteries hidden in the frozen wilderness"
"Arctic Awakening Is A Survival Episodic Game Coming For PC And Consoles"
"Arctic Awakening Looks Like Episodic Firewatch, But in the Cold"
Push Square
"Shedding light on the mystery, a new story trailer emerges for Arctic Awakening"
The Xbox Hub
"Survive the Alaskan wilderness in the futuresque Arctic Awakening"
PC Invasion
"Here's a trailer for new narrative adventure, Arctic Awakening"
"Narrative Adventure Arctic Awakening Gets an Icy New Trailer"
Push Square