It’s that time of the year where we’re ramping down the big releases on store shelves, but the announcements for 2017 start kicking in. This year, Namco has led off with a new trailer for Impact Winter, and it looks mighty interesting.

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Set on a near future Earth ravaged by an asteroid and turned into a winter wasteland, you play as Jacob Solomon, the leader of every remaining survivor (though there doesn’t seem to be many). A mysterious radio transmission has suddenly appeared, suggesting that help is on the way in 30 days. As Jacob, you must do all that you can to ensure as many of the survivors last until this so-called help arrives … if ever at all.

The survival genre has turned into the most diverse of video game genres of late, certainly one of the most prolific. Between the many zombie survival games and the addition of harder, more challenging survival modes to Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4, it’s the ‘in’ thing to have you try and eek out a victory over harsh and unforgiving conditions. Impact Winter looks likely to take the genre into a slightly different, story driven direction, though it’s a little early to tell exactly what to expect, apart from a twist or two no doubt.

Bandai Namco will be publishing Impact Winter on Steam next year, and it comes to us from UK studio Mojo Bones. Between the beautiful art style and the sci-fi inspired story, you can count me in as a keen follower, though I highly doubt I’d survive all that long. Check out the trailer above and be sure to keep a close watch on Jacob Solomon’s own Twitter account for insider information on the game as it ticks closer to launch in 2017.

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