Northern Lights is a first-person survival experience in which you step into the shoes of a ranger, sent on a Siberian island to investigate the disappearance of the crew in charge with a secret facility, whose contact with homeland was lost due to abnormal weather conditions.
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Mixed (85) - 55% of the 85 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 14, 2020

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early access gives us the chance to develop Northern Lights based on your feedback. We want to take advantage of the Early Access feature to test hardware compatibility and performance. It will allow us to progressively add content to the base game to guarantee the best level of quality and optimization of the final product.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release new content and functionalities gradually. We don't have a fixed time frame yet, but we estimate it may take around 12 months to leave Early Access.”

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

“Through Early Access, with your support and feedback, we plan to polish the core game. The full version of the game (after leaving Early Access) will be enriched with improved animations and graphics, improved A.I., improved optimization, constant balance changes and content updates that will include adding new game modes, locations, items, wildlife, music, along with new quests and ending possibilities.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In the current state, Northern Lights contains the main story sandbox game-mode with its features & content mentioned in the description of the game, intending to expand and refine throughout Early Access based on the community feedback. It is worth mentioning that momentarily the game does not lack any gameplay features. Yet, it is realistic to say that encountering certain bugs/problems with the game, especially early on, is not impossible. Our primary focus lies in fixing bugs, optimizing the game where is needed, improving the sandbox experience, and releasing the Multiplayer CO-OP experience. All aspects of the game are currently continuously balanced, so expect regular patches & improvements until we reach full release. While we update the game with new content, you can expect updates during Early Access to break save files.”

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

“Yes - the earlier you buy, the more money you save! Northern Lights will be available for a cheaper price during Early Access to reflect the unfinished, work-in-progress state of the game. The price will increase when we exit Early Acess and launch the full game, to reflect general improvements and increased content and play time. This is to reward and encourage those who invest in Northern Lights on the long term during Early Access.”

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

“We are looking forward to the community submitting their feedback and reports in the proper forum sections to help us solve any eventual issues and improve performance and hardware compatibility. We also encourage our community to share their ideas with us in the Wish List thread on our Forum or the Steam Community.
We are also present on social media through our Facebook, Twitter and Reddit pages, where you can write to us. We will do our best to answer as many of your messages as we can, and we look forward to taking your feedback and ideas into consideration because we believe that it will lead to the best possible version of our game.”
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About This Game

You play the role of a forest ranger who was sent on a rescue mission and ended up trapped on an island whose climate has suffered mysterious and drastic changes. Massive blizzards, freezing temperatures and hungry predators are some of the dangers that threaten your survival.

This is the core experience of Northern Lights. In less than a second, you find yourself helpless in front of the unforgiving Siberian wilderness. From being the hunter, you became the hunted. Stranded far from any human habitation, you have to endure the harsh arctic conditions, hunt for supplies, investigate the mystery and find a way to escape the island. There is no manual to show you how to survive. Your success depends on getting out there and using all your abilities to master necessary wilderness survival skills.

  • Multiple Endings: In Northern Lights, your actions determine your fate. Each sandbox experience has a variety of potential endings to it. No matter what path you choose, your ultimate goal is to survive and escape the island.
  • Choices & Outcomes: Keeping your stats under control is crucial. Not keeping your Hunger, Thirst, Body temperature and Fatigue in balance can have repercussions on your in-game Sanity.
  • Only the strongest can survive: In Northern Lights, you will find a wide range of activities you can do. Be ready to hunt, fish, scavenge for food and gear items, map your surroundings, start fires, craft items, maintain your gear and most importantly, endure the harsh environment with its predators and the variety of possibly deadly afflictions you could contract.
  • Be the hunter or become hunted: Diverse wildlife, ranging from ferocious predators such as Bears and Wolves to non-threatening animals such as the Reindeer, Moose, Foxes, Boars and Hares.
  • A broad and animated world: The island measures 100 square kilometers and it contains a delicate balance between pure nature and an abandoned world composed of a variety of locations.
  • Pick your challenge: You can choose between four difficulty scenarios, made for every kind of player, from beginners who want to explore the world in peace, to skilled survivors who wish to experience a hardcore challenge.

MadGoat is an independent game studio based in Romania, Bucharest, that was born of the ambition for developing and publishing high-quality video games. Currently, the studio consists of 4 core members that share the same passion for game development.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Northern Lights may contain bad language, use of tobacco, use of alcohol and blood.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64bit or better
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 4170 / AMD FX 6300 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660 / AMD R9 270 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Installing the game on SSD is highly recommended
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 7700k / AMD Ryzen 5 2500X
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 / AMD RX 580
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Installing the game on SSD is highly recommended

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