Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly interactive tale you won't soon forget.
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Kona is our first game as a company. While we do have experience in shipping games on the market, we never had the chance of shipping something all on our own, without a publisher.

We are looking to interact with the Steam community in order to listen to players feedback, improve the game, fix issues and add more languages before moving on with a rock-solid full-fledged launch.

See it as: "A preorder with Beta access and important discount".”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our plan is to release the game by the end of September 2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The initial Early Access version contains around two to three hours of gameplay while the final game is expected to be four to eight hours long, depending on your playstyle.

In the coming weeks, we will fix bugs, improve performance, add more locations, improve and add some items and introduce some encounters.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It is a beta, with some features being revamped. Since it is an adventure game, we don't want to spoil the ending and therefore the world is limited to around half of its final size.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes. We plan to gradually raise the price as we ship new content and features. Final game will cost ~33% more.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We have a dedicated, full-time community manager called Jeff who will interact with players, gather their feedback and communicate everything to the development team. All team members are also on Steam and will give more in-depth answers on some occasions.”
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June 16

Game Update: Introducing the New Interaction System

Hey everyone!

A few weeks have passed since our last update, so it’s time for a new one! Following your feedback in the forums, we added the version number in the top-right corner of the main screen and we fixed a few bugs.

Also, some of you experienced motion sickness while playing Kona. It usually goes away after a while or by changing some graphics options. However, someone suggested to add an option for a crosshair that could probably help a little. So we did! It is available in the controls options menu.

This week, we also introduce our new interaction system. I will avoid spoilers and if you write comments that include spoilers, please use the [spoiler]Spoiler[/spoiler] formatting.

Interactors

Most of the feedback we receive is about our user interface. We’ve decided to change all interactors to make things clearer. Here’s a preview of what it looks like:



From now on, every interactor you will see will be a little square (see image). When you approach, the square will turn a little and you will be able to interact with the object. If you don’t know what action it might trigger, you will see a brief description or a small image of what the interactor does after a few seconds.

No More Combine Menu



We decided to remove the combine menu. Instead, when you have all required items, you will need to hold the interaction key (usually the E key or the A button on a controller) until the bar is full. Since our game doesn’t really focus on crafting, why not find a simpler way to do so!

Known issues

Here are some of the known issues that we are already working on fixing:
  • The mouse scroll for texts works now. However, some the W and S buttons don’t work in all of them;
  • When you have the lantern equiped (and sometimes with the flashlight) and you smoke a cigarette, the lantern is still in your hands until the end of the animation.
So that’s it! And if you’re in L.A., come say hi at the IndieCade @ E3 Showcase!

Cheers!

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June 7

Kona available through GOG Connect for the next 5 days!

Hey everyone!

For the next 5 days, anyone who bought Kona on Steam can add the game to its GOG library through the new GOG Connect program —for free.

GOG Connect gets you a DRM-free version of the game, 2 songs that will be part of the official soundtrack and other GOG features (for instance, GOG Galaxy allows you to play games offline).

We believe that each player should only pay once for a game and that he should be able to play on the platform he/she prefers. We can't always do it though for reasons that are out of our control, so GOG Connect is a great opportunity that you shouldn't miss!

Other games are available through the program. To link your Steam account and see what games are available, visit the GOG Connect website.

Cheers!

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About This Game

Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly, narrative-driven interactive tale you won't soon forget.

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"Sometimes I try random Steam Early Access games on a whim. Often, it’s a very bad idea. Kona is a big exception to that rule."
-Kotaku

Setting

October 1970. W. Hamilton, a rich industrialist who owns a hunting manor in Northern Canada, reports several cases of vandalism perpetrated against his property. Unable to find out who dared to commit these acts, Hamilton calls Carl Faubert, a renowned private detective to handle the affair.

In Kona, Carl becomes trapped up in the deep north, engulfed in an unexpected snowstorm, and is unable to find his client —or any other living inhabitant for that matter. The player incarnated detective Faubert, who must shed light on the mysterious events befalling the area.

Key Features

  • Step into a surreal interactive tale of mystery and investigate the perplexing quietness in the entire town.
  • Explore a vast, frigid Northern environment and battle the elements to survive.
  • Complete the first of four distinct acts, each offering between three to five hours of gameplay.
  • Enjoy the atmospheric soundtrack featuring music by Quebec folk band Curé Label.
  • Experience the tale through the omniscient, third-person storyteller.
  • Go back in time with a vintage look and feel reminiscent of 1970s rural communities.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: i5 2.0 ghz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon 6850 / Intel HD 5000+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: i5 2.5 ghz+
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 / ATI Radeon 7850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8+
    • Processor: i5 2.0 ghz+ (2013 and newer)
    • Memory: 5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 5000+ with at least 1.5 GRAM
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: We officially support 2013 Macbook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro and newer models.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8+
    • Processor: i5 2.5 ghz+ (2014 and newer)
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA or ATI dedicated card
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: We recommend playing on 2014 Macbook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro and newer models
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ 64-bit, SteamOS+
    • Processor: i5 2.0 ghz+
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 460 / ATI Radeon 6850 / Intel HD 5000+
    • Additional Notes: Other Linux distro should work but haven't been tested.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ 64-bit, SteamOS+
    • Processor: i5 2.5 ghz+
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660 / ATI Radeon 7850
    • Additional Notes: Other Linux distro should work but haven't been tested
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zackvasser
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
This games graphics and story are AMAZING!! The machanics are flawless.This game has everything.
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Fu-Bama
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Game is not playable on AMD video cards, probably due Physx integration in Unity3D. On low setting from the lowest possible including graphics card control panel options I get 25FPS and below down to 5FPS :(. My specs are exactly at the required minimum.
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Izmo
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
An excellent purchase for an Early Access game. The atmosphere of the game is very compelling and thrilling. The narrator of the game does a fine job and I have started to like the way he tells the story. Obviously the game and the story isn't complete, but there's still plenty to do so far. Can't wait for new content. A very promising start for the developer.
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Barnacle Doy
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
I've been gaming for years, and I can tell you that this game has one of the richest stories ever. Kona gives you freedom to explore the expansive map at your own pace. Also, Kona has beautiful graphics and a seameless UI. I've only played a little bit but it's a 10/10 for me.
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mdicenzo
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
its okay lack of content kinda confsing
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EpicGamers
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This game is so Realistic! 10 dollars is worth it! I suggest this game to the max. 1 through 10 I would say 10
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theoreticalfunk
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
Looking forward to the finished product.
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Cookie
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
I Love This Game And It is only in early access cant wait for the full game
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rockershocker
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Wow, what a nice, cool game, i´m very impressed and surprised!
I bought it today, then i just wanted totake a sneak peak look on it, but i couldn´t stop playing it, it´s very adictive to my,
finaly i played 5 hours in a rush and just stoped now cause i´ve things to do....
I love nearly everything of it, the gameplay mechanics, the graphicis, the story, the sound and the way the story is succeeding, more or less on your own and told by your char. and i like the voice of him.
I shure forgot to mention a lot of things more there are in this great game.
And all that in a game what even is totaly done, can´t wait to play the final version!
Please estimated devs, make it as big as you can, and thanks a lot for this wonderfull game and the great job you are doing!
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Arielle
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
I told myself to not purchase any early access games anymore. Then I saw Kona and felt that I had to, because I'm a huge fan of The Long Dark.
I didn't expect much since a lot of early access games are unplayable. For that reason I was surprised about how complete Kona already is.

Kona combines a few aspects of some of my favourite games. When I started the game I was immediately reminded of The Long Dark (location, atmosphere), Firewatch (truck, map) and by progressing a bit further I felt reminded of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (travelling back in time in order to solve a case).

So far I really enjoyed playing this game and I'm curious what it's gonna be like as a full game!
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34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 11
Foreseeing obstacles through the blizzard

Wowser, Kona is one of the best and interesting early access games I've played so far! It's the first part of a series, a very atmospheric game that pulls you in right from the start. The game is set in areas of Northern Canada and as Carl you have a job to do to find a certain person, while battling to stay alive in the weather.
Soon after you enter the residental areas, you notice not everything is normal in this location. The narrator voice is pleasant to hear and music of Kona is both creepy and relaxing, something you could listen for hours. It kind of reminds me of few tracks from the SIlent Hill series or some western movie.

I think Kona is a fantastic mix of Adventure genre and First Person view. At some points it can even feel a bit terrifying, because the whole town is so eerie and the place is a big mystery in the middle of a strange huge blizzard. It has a little of this X-Files and Twin Peaks feeling. Hearing sounds once in a while as you explore the wilderness or houses creeped me out a few times and makes you wonder are you alone there or not. Kona features beautiful graphics, which makes the world feel alive and so real. I was just admiring the areas where ever I went, as the blizzard was raining on the trees.

There is some polaroid camera shooting and the inventory management is done in a great simple way. The best way to play this is to explore everything by walking or driving. Gameplay is simply really well done.

As it is now, the game area is limited to a certain point, but it can give you playtime for quite many hours depending on how you play and you might want to return there again. I can't wait to see what comes in the future updates for this beautiful and mysterious story.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 20
I really enjoyed this early access which gives players access to around 30% of the story and full game for no extra charge when it is fully released. I can't believe this is first game from developers on their own. Simply its too good. I can't wait to put my hands on full title. This beautifully looking game blends survival with narrative elements of an adventure game. Watching out for Carl's temperature, health, stress, and carrying capacity brings pressure on you and adds to harshness of the environment. Depositing resources to the back of your pick-up will help you survive. This adds strategic element to the game play. With wolves roaming around and extremely low temperature, shortages of resources you will need something more than good luck to continue your journey through great, white wilderness. But like every detective you need to find evidence, gather clues and follow path of mysterious happenings around. Even if situation is becoming stranger with every step Carl must keep his sh****t together to get his reward. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
Wow, what a nice, cool game, i´m very impressed and surprised!
I bought it today, then i just wanted totake a sneak peak look on it, but i couldn´t stop playing it, it´s very adictive to my,
finaly i played 5 hours in a rush and just stoped now cause i´ve things to do....
I love nearly everything of it, the gameplay mechanics, the graphicis, the story, the sound and the way the story is succeeding, more or less on your own and told by your char. and i like the voice of him.
I shure forgot to mention a lot of things more there are in this great game.
And all that in a game what even is totaly done, can´t wait to play the final version!
Please estimated devs, make it as big as you can, and thanks a lot for this wonderfull game and the great job you are doing!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
This game is not any early access I have come across. The game in EA started off great, and the developers continued to listen to the community and deliver updates (interaction menu, etc). Further updates have been coming out. Below are my experiences currently over 2 hours of gameplay.

PROS:

+ Vast open world/free roam set in Canadian climates (after you get to the General Store its free roam). Whole map isn't done yet though :(.
+ Map is big, lots to search around for, search the white forest if you want and freeze to death doing it, who cares!
+ Scavaging items is a good idea for the game, gives it more of a survival feel (lighting fires to keep warm, etc).
+ Wolves seem to be pretty hungry in this snow deserted area (think The Long Dark), unless a gun/flare is fired.
+ Map is easy to read when traveling, can zoom in on map with people that have crap eyes.
+ Driving more realistic than GTA V lawl (Character actually moves his foot off and on accelerator/brake; when getting out of the car puts it into park, all the good stuff.)

//So many to list further but I will update the pros as time goes on

CONS:

- Couple times I have been near a drawer that I wanted to close to use a different item above it (for instance a sink faucet above a useable drawer); and wouldn't let me interact with it.

- Wish more of the map was released. Kinda bummed out because all I wanna do is keep exploring and driving through the snow screaming YEEHAWW!!!

- If character was able to fiddle with the car radio or something when driving would be nice, gets pretty quiet/boring in the cabin on long drives.

//But that really is no excuse to how amazingly developed this game is currently at this state. I can't wait till the finished product.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 13
great game so far, full of mystery and I can sense great things from this game. Minor audio bugs but it's still in early access what do you expect!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 16
It`s buatiful survival horror , i like that game and suggest this game for everyone
I do videos about this game and if want,came to my profile and watch their
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
I really love this game! It is super atmosphearic and has slight eary, creepy feeling to it. I do gotta admit that the Beta state that the game is in at this point is kinda short, But I really enjoyed the first 3 hours the game have to offer! I can't wait until it is fully released!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
This game is like a mixture of Firewatch and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. I love it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
I've been gaming for years, and I can tell you that this game has one of the richest stories ever. Kona gives you freedom to explore the expansive map at your own pace. Also, Kona has beautiful graphics and a seameless UI. I've only played a little bit but it's a 10/10 for me.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
Amazing game I can't wait for the full game , very atmospheric , incredible and well matching music. I love the car it's like a safehouse , warm and safe. Also the physics and mechanics of the game feel so real. Great job , keep it up!
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