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New Alaska video game: Cabela's 'Survival: Shadows of Katmai'

Scott Woodham

There's a new Alaska-themed video game from the Sidney, Neb.-based outdoor equipment purveyor Cabela's, but this time the scenario is a lot more dire than earlier trophy-hunting titles.

"Cabela's Survival: Shadows of Katmai," according to its publisher Activision, gives gamers a chance to "encounter the Arctic's deadliest creatures in an epic struggle for survival."

It is slated for November 1 release on Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii.

"Every human shares the purest of instincts: survival," said David Oxford, of Activision, in the announcement. "When those instincts kick in, its equal parts terrifying and exhilarating, and we've combined all those visceral reactions into a brand new third-person adventure to make Survival: Shadows of Katmai the most exciting Cabela's game ever!"

It might also be the most exploitative ever, given the fact that every year real people face actual survival situations in Alaska as a course of their normal lives, and sometimes, sadly, they don't live.

In Activision's new title, players control the fate of "bush pilot Logan James" as he battles wildlife and the elements after surviving a wilderness plane crash, injured but alive. Players must guide him to safety through frozen, difficult terrain using "all their survival skills" and "nothing but firearms and gear scavenged along the way."

If the trailer below (via YouTube) is any indication, players are not allowed to scavenge a winter hat.

Contact Scott Woodham at swoodham(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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