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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July 5

10,000 Times Thank You!



Hey everyone!

Today, we are really happy to announce that 10,000 copies of the early access version of Kona have been sold! This includes all backers who claimed their keys on Steam as well as copies we sold on the Humble Store, GOG and our own website.

Steam Statistics

For those of you who like numbers, here are some raw Steam Product Data from Kona:

Units Over Time


Units per country


Special mention to our Canadian friends for their support! For a country with a relatively small number of inhabitants, their share of the pie really is impressive!

Anyway! This is more than just numbers we are talking about here. Thanks to your support, the game has improved a lot since we released the first beta version. Here’s a glimpse about what we accomplished since the beginning of the beta:

Wolves



Players could see wolves passing by sometimes, but we decided to add some encounters to spice things up a bit.

Lee Enfield 303 & Other Items



With wolves around, you need something to defend yourself! There are many ways to deal with them, but adding a Lee Enfield 303 rifle in the lot can help… a lot.

Flow Improvements



We added a few puzzles and tweaked many areas to introduce players to some of the game mechanics without using boring tutorials or dialog boxes.

UI Styling



One thing we changed progressively during Early Access is the color palette and general look and feel of the UI. It is now more contrasted and can be seen on subtitles, location titles and so on. The UI has improved since we first posted this image and we will continue to work on it until the full release.

Stress Gauge



The stress gauge was already there upon release, but the mechanic was only introduced a few weeks after, which adds a bit of difficulty to the game.

Visions



The first version did not have any goal. This quickly appeared in the reviews and in the forums, so we introduced something that was already planned, but just not anchored in the game yet: the visions and frozen inhabitants.

The Journal



Although it is still work in progress, it is now a lot easier to know about the areas you visit and what you can/need to do next.

Interaction System



While keeping the same game mechanic, we were able to change the interaction system to make it less confusing for players.

Optimizations



We managed to optimize performances a lot! Sure, it’s not perfect yet, but a few months ago, the game would take several minutes to go past the initial loading. It even crashed on some computers.

Bugs and Suggestions



So many bugs (like the missing cutters) were fixed during Early Access thanks to all the feedback we’ve had! We also received suggestions that we were able to add in the game, like the stash in the back of the pickup.

Behind the Scene Changes

Obviously, we’ve worked hard on stuff that will only be unveiled in the final version of the game, so you can expect many surprises in a few months :)

So that’s it! Again, 10,000 times thanks for your support! Let’s get back to work now, and we hope to say thanks a lot more times upon the full release!

Cheers!

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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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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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Vallm
3.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
This is one of the best atmospheric mystery game I've played, the story Is awesome so far, and I can't wait till the full verson of the game comes out. The game Is very realistc so far, for example, crashing into trees and other objects will cause stress. You can also find objects that will help you through the game, for example, you can find a hammer to build a bridge and get a lot of sweet loot. And the developers keeps the game alive. It takes a lot of thinking and looting to find what you need to solve the mystery. The game Isn't complet yet, and that is why we should buy It, to help the developers get the money they need to finish this awesome game, and for an early access game, It deserves a 10/10. :)
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Gamer
1.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
if devs not gonna ♥♥♥♥ up......we gonna get another great project
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PartyBoyRyan92
6.6 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
One of the best games i have played in a long while. Well though out and this game is close to real life. Amazing game cant wait for the full game to be realsed.
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Jennles
2.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
This game is really fun the graphics are good and I like exploring and being a detective. Other than some areas being closed off you can't even tell it's early access!!
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Maohwolf
3.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
So far this game is showing so much potential, the way it looks is well done and the story is pretty good as well. I actually found myself wanting more so Im looking forward to when its complete! Worth playing if you enjoy walking simulators with a touch of survival and mysterious storyline.
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FalkonBlade
0.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
Diamond in the rough? A game that does not get enough attention yet? Definitely one of the better, most interactive games I have played. Lots more time on offline. Worth every dime.
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Anastasia Petrova
1.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
1970 Canada ummm so lovely, this game looks like long dark but this will be much better
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clutch
1.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 16
very good for what it has now! keep updating!!!
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Mitchell Young
7.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
Highly enjoyable. I love the fact that it is free roam so you don't have to stick to certain tasks.
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Jade
6.5 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
Great game so far. A few bugs, as expected, but mainly involving crackling sounds. Can't wait for more updates!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 1
Product received for free
I would highly suggest this game to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, a spoopy atmosphere, and a well rounded Early Access game. It is a very good game for the few hours that I've played it so far, and I very much look forward to what happens next. I'd like to say the game is worth the ticket price and past that. This review may or may not be updated depending on how Kona goes.

Pros:

Graphics are good
Weather effects are great
Textures are awesome
Voice acting is good
Story is good (so far)
Is a good thrilling and spoopy game
Has a good mystery to it
Atmosphere is great and heavy, in a good way

Cons:

Not much content. That being said and acceptable since the game is till in early access,
There are some loading issues where the game stutters in parts.

10/10
Would snow again.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17
1970 Canada ummm so lovely, this game looks like long dark but this will be much better
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
Pros:
-Tells a good story
-Beautiful
-Neat, non-intensive graphics
Cons:
-Horrendeous loading times
-Mild preformance issues

Note that this review was written while the game was in early access, and all PCs vary in preformance.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
I would recommend this game even though it's only early access. Very interesting game. Can't wait for full release.

For any Canadian at all interested in the cultural history of their country I would doubly recommend it. French and English alike, although speaking french and at least a rudimentary understanding of the rise of Quebec nationalism certainly adds to the flavour of this game. It emmerses you in a time and place where a people were discovering their own identity and confidence. It's very cool. I found myself just enthralled in that regard. And I'm not from Quebec.

Finally, for any beer drinking smokers out there this is definitely the game for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 11
Wonderful experience and reeeeeally expect the full version!

Need to slow down a bit and keep your mind peaceful in order to maximize the fun of exploring ...

Sceneries are impressive and can absolutely cool you down in such a hot summer :)

The difficulty of the puzzles is on average

Be a Chinese I may need a little background information of the nation to better understand it?


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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
good game. very atmosphere and also mystery. hope this will come out in full version soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
So far this game is showing so much potential, the way it looks is well done and the story is pretty good as well. I actually found myself wanting more so Im looking forward to when its complete! Worth playing if you enjoy walking simulators with a touch of survival and mysterious storyline.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 22
One of the best games i have played in a long while. Well though out and this game is close to real life. Amazing game cant wait for the full game to be realsed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
This is one of the best atmospheric mystery game I've played, the story Is awesome so far, and I can't wait till the full verson of the game comes out. The game Is very realistc so far, for example, crashing into trees and other objects will cause stress. You can also find objects that will help you through the game, for example, you can find a hammer to build a bridge and get a lot of sweet loot. And the developers keeps the game alive. It takes a lot of thinking and looting to find what you need to solve the mystery. The game Isn't complet yet, and that is why we should buy It, to help the developers get the money they need to finish this awesome game, and for an early access game, It deserves a 10/10. :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 6
I jumped on this game when I saw it on Kickstarter and have been extremely impressed by the early access game so far. The core game mechanics are strong and I cannot wait for the next installment.
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