For an amazingly long time, the narrative-driven adventure game was available exclusively on the “Apple” company’s service…
So, South of the Circle is a State of Play Games creation (we wonder if Sony will b_tch about that name), released on Apple Arcade on October 30, 2020. But now comes the cross-gen, multi-platform release from 11 Bit Studios, as they will be releasing the game for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch; it will be everywhere.
The game’s Steam page states, “South of the Circle is an emotional narrative experience with a deep multi-layered cinematic story. The main plot asks questions about the consequences of life choices, pursuing either career or true love, manoeuvring between now and the past. You play Peter, a Cambridge academic who crashlands in Cold War Antarctica. As he searches for help, his past unwinds before him, revealing how the pressures of power and aspirations have led him to this crisis he must somehow escape. A love story between him and fellow academic Clara develops, and Peter learns the weight of all the things he has promised. Like memories from childhood, some promises stay with us forever.
Created by BAFTA winners State of Play Games, the game’s beautiful aesthetic and nuanced writing underlines its sweeping cinematic scope, further enhanced by actors drawn from Bohemian Rhapsody (Gwilym Lee), The Woman in White (Olivia Vinall), The Crown (Richard Goulding), Game of Thrones (Anton Lesser), Chernobyl (Adrian Rawlins), and Downton Abbey (Michael Fox).
[A] compelling and immersive narrative with a unique sense of time and place. Nuanced emotional choices. Fully motion-captured performances to achieve emotional realism. Rich, authentic setting of the historical Cold War era. Environmental storytelling is woven through the narrative. Distinguished and consistent art style. Crafted by State of Play Games, developers of BAFTA-winning Lumino City, BAFTA-nominated KAMI 2 and Apple Design Award Winner INKS, for audiences that seek emotional and heart-wrenching moments with a game.”