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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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, and progressively add content to the base game, in order 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 gradually release new content and functionalities. That being said, 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. With that being said, the full version of the game (after leaving Early Access) will be enriched with improved animations and graphics, improved A.I., constant balance changes and content updates that will include adding new locations, items, wildlife, music, along with new quests and ending possibilities. It is worth mentioning that we intend to release a Multiplayer CO-OP game mode with unique gameplay features in the early stages of Early Access.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“In the current state, Northern Lights contains the main sandbox game-mode with its features & content mentioned in the description of the game, with the goal to expand and refine throughout Early Access based on the community feedback. It is worth mentioning that momentarily the game is optimized and does not lack any gameplay features. With that being said, our main focus lies on improving the sandbox experience and releasing the Multiplayer CO-OP experience. All aspects of the game are currently being balanced constantly, so expect regular patches & improvements until we reach full release.”

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 with the intent to raise the price after full release. 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 encourage our community to share their ideas with us in the Suggestions thread.
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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Planned Release Date: Winter 2019-2020

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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 ruthless 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 basic 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, Seals, and more to come in future updates!
  • A broad and animated world: The island measures 100 square kilometers and it contains a fine balance between pure nature and an abandoned world composed of a variety of locations. Exploration can be done on foot or if you are lucky enough, with a snowmobile.
  • Pick your challenge: You can choose between three difficulty scenarios, made for every kind of player, from beginners who want to explore the world in peace, to skilled survivors who want 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 content that is not appropriate for all ages. The depiction of violence is at a stage that looks similar to what would be expected in real life. The game may contain bad language, use of tobacco, use of alcohol and graphical violence towards animals (e.g. hunting and killing wild animals for survival. The wounded animals and the carcasses may show blood).

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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