Stranded at an abandoned Antarctic research base with no hope of rescue, you must battle a deadly blizzard in a desperate fight to find your way home.
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Release Date: Aug 2, 2016

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January 16

Near Death 1.06: Effects, Effects, Effects! (Plus Bug Fixes!)

We just uploaded patch 1.06 of Near Death, which features a number of fun new visual modes for the game. Why? For no other reason than we had some free time and it looks cool!

The new effects really lend a whole different feel to the game; it's really fun to move through the base as if Sutro Station is a painting or a retro Nintendo game. Here's a quick rundown of the effects. Still images don't really do them justice, so fire up the game to check them out in motion or take a peek at the gifs we're posting over on the Near Death Twitter page.

To begin, here's a still image for reference:

The first effect is subtle, but effective: a 2.35:1 letterbox mode that matches the aspect ratio John Carpenter used in his late 70s/early 80s classics (the most relevant to Near Death being The Thing, of course). This effect can be used on its own or in combination with the effects below.

Next, we have a painting effect that almost makes the game seem peaceful. Quite a contrast to the brutal conditions at Sutro Station.

And here's the first of three retro-inspired effects, a simple pixelation overlay.

Then there's a pixelated retro effect with a unique condensed color palate. The game feels really, really cool with this mode enabled.

And there's another retro color effect that's really ... effective ... as well.

And finally, to capture the feel of an Antarctic base in the early 80s that's using technology from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, we have a black and white TV effect.

Fire up the game and give the new modes a shot; they’re a lot of fun to tinker with, and seeing the familiar sights in a different light is super cool. And last, but not least, the new build also includes a handful of bug fixes and polish bits. Here are the full patch notes:

  • Added some fun new visual effects for playing the game with a different look: Painting, Retro 1 & 2, Pixelated, and TV. To enable them, just click the Effects button on the Video options page.
  • Added an optional letterbox setting; play the game in a classic, Carpenter-esque 2.35:1 screen ratio!
  • The game now fades down to black when exiting.
  • Slightly increased the drain rate of the blowtorch.
  • Fixed a bug where the screen would sometimes not fade fully to white upon death, making it hard to read the menu.
  • Fixed a roll of duct tape that couldn’t be picked up in the Water building.
  • Fixed an issue where UI buttons would sometimes not have the proper highlighted state

Thanks to everyone who's bought the game, sent us feedback about it, and spread the word. We hope you dig these fun new visual modes!

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November 11, 2016

Announcing The Orthogonal Games Bundle!

Hey, everyone, we're very excited to announce The Orthogonal Games Bundle! It packages Near Death with The Novelist for a $5 discount, and if you already own one of the games you still get a discount on the other one.

So spread the world and tell your friends.


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“It's a cleverly-built survival game without stats, narrowly focused on surviving the worst weather on planet Earth.”

“It’s a tense, lean, and tightly paced exercise in endurance, and one of my favorite games of the year.”
The Verge

“The mechanics are spot-on, and the game ramps up its difficulty in a ladder that scales with the growing intensity of the snowstorm outside, slowly allowing you to accumulate various skills, upgrades, and tactics in the process. Near Death succeeds at creating a taut and fulfilling experience.”

About This Game

After your plane crash-lands in Antarctica, you find yourself stranded and alone at an abandoned research facility in the midst of a deadly blizzard. Plunged into utter darkness, temperatures 100 degrees below zero, and conditions far too harsh to allow for rescue, you must explore Sutro Station and and use the tools at your disposal in hopes of escaping and finding your way home.

Not a survival game, but instead a game about surviving, Near Death pits you against an incredibly cruel opponent: Antarctica. 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.


  • A fully explorable Antarctic research station with seamless open world navigation over an unforgiving landscape.
  • Unique gameplay and innovative player tools suited to the harsh realities of a frigid, dark continent. Mark your way with light trails in zero-visibility storms, melt frozen obstacles to explore the base in search of much-needed supplies, create pockets of warmth with a personal heater, and more.
  • A dynamic weather system that utilizes snow, wind, temperature, and lighting to create a multitude of Antarctic conditions ranging from blinding whiteouts to brief moments of calm.
  • 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.
  • Discoverable blueprints and upgrades that enhance your capabilities and increase your ability to withstand the cold.
  • An original score of haunting ambient music that amplifies the isolation of Sutro Station.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 (64-bit OS required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent (64-bit processor required)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 with 1GB memory (or AMD equivalent)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent (64-bit processor required)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 with 1GB memory (or AMD equivalent)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: (64-bit OS required)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.00 GHz or AMD equivalent (64-bit processor required)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 with 1GB memory (or AMD equivalent)
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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