January 30, 2023

Since the reindeer are now out of the yard and it’s common knowledge that Skábma – Snowfall will be launching soon on PS4 and PS5, I’d like to take the opportunity to explain what our game is really about.

A young reindeer herder protects his land in Skábma – Snowfall, coming to PS4 and PS5 next year

What is Skabma?

Skábma – Snowfall is an adventure game set in an imaginary version of Sámiland, inspired by the indigenous Sámi culture. The story combines fact and fiction as it delves into the heart of the culture: presenting ancient (and sometimes current) beliefs, customs, and stories.

Everything in the game is about Sámi.

Who is Sami?

I just found out that not all people in the world know Sámi – so I’ll tell you the short version.

We are a very small indigenous group spread across the northern parts of Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. There are about 100,000 Sámi, divided into different Sámi groups and languages.

All languages ​​are considered highly endangered.

We are best known for our reindeer herding culture, but there is so much more about us I could tell you. But we only have so much space in this article. I invite you to dive deeper and learn more about Sámi culture if you are interested.

The Story of Skábma – Snowfall

Skábma tells the story of a young reindeer herder Áilu, whose ordinary reindeer guard turns into a mission to save their homeland after a strange disease begins to spread in the area. Following a runaway reindeer, Áilu comes across an ancient Noaidi Drum – an object of power that should have been destroyed more than a century ago.

This is the starting point of Áilu’s journey to become the first Noaidi, Sámi Seer & Healer in a century. All Áilu has to do now is learn how to use the drum. Easy right?

The gameplay of Skábma – Snowfall

It is not easy to master such a powerful tool as the Noaidi Drum. Fortunately, the Drum helps Áilu reconnect with four Familiar Spirits who want to lend them their powers.

The Owl grants Áilu the ability to run around and turn Bleeders (infected objects and enemies) into Air Vortexes, making travel much faster. The Bear gives the power of the Earth so that Áilu can ground herself to withstand high winds, create rock platforms, and break obstacles infected by the Bleed. The trout grants the power of healing and shielding. And finally, the agile Fox will give the ability to jump higher and set Bleeders on fire.

Gaining new powers and exploring locations are the main mechanics of the game. There are also plenty of items and secrets to find in the game world. Collectibles reveal a huge amount of information about Sámi culture and unlock dialogues you don’t want to miss.

Players are encouraged to get lost in the woods, as you never know what you’re going to find.

I could talk all day about how great it is that we now have the world’s first PlayStation game with a voice in the Northern Sami language. That players around the world get to know our unique culture. And how cool is it for players to actually dive into something fresh and new that hasn’t been presented in games yet.

So let’s go back to where this blog started and answer the question: what is our game really about? It’s about petting a reindeer!

Why do I think all players have to pet a reindeer? Because reindeer are the most important animal for Sámi, certainly… but mainly because you can and it will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.*

Look forward to petting a friend with antlers and more when Skabma – Snowfall will launch next year on PS5 and PS4.

disclaimer: Don’t try to pet reindeer in the real world, they have pointy antlers. Lucky for you, you can do it instead in our game Skábma.

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