South of the Circle is a newly announced narrative adventure focused on survival and romance in the midst of the Cold War. Games from City of Lumino developer by State of Play and being published by 11 Bit Studios, the team behind Frostpunk and This War of Mine.
Set in the politically charged 1960s, the player controls a climate scientist named Peter. As a Cambridge scholar, he finds himself at odds with the unfolding global conflict that fuels the end between him and his love, Clara. Peter’s troubles escalate during a trip when he lands in Antarctica. Trapped, he must now survive the icy landscape while pondering the personal and professional choices that have brought him to this point.
State of Play says South of the Circle is inspired by narrative adventure games like Firewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch and boasts a minimalist, cinematic art direction. It’s unclear how the gameplay will unfold, but the implication is that interactions will be to a minimum of everything. The game is brought to life by a cast that includes Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody), Olivia Vinall (White woman), Richard Goulding (Crown), Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones), Adrian Rawlins (Chernobyl) and Michael Fox (Downton Abbey).
South of the Circle is due out later this year and will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.