A downloadable game for Windows

Recent Unreal Jam 2020 submission is evolved and now is in stage of active development.


You are a Max Gilbert, a former military doctor. While taking a trip to your usual place of stay, which is a nice cabin near the lake, the next moment you find yourself alone in the middle of nowhere, fighting fierce cold and facing series of trials. What is it: reality or mind games, behind which lies your truly hidden deep secret?

Beyond The Thaw is storytelling and a slightly walking simulator with elements of stealth, horror, and adventure. We squeeze cinematography out of the Unreal Engine and work hard to create beautiful and cohesive gameplay scenes. Every detail should be meaningful, storytelling is more important than beautiful style.

As the player progresses, it is necessary to make quick decisions that require interaction with the game through the QTE (quick time event) - to run, hide from opponents (creatures and people), solve puzzles, plunging deeper into the game's history, and conflict.

We have provided additional activities - fishing, chopping wood, riding a snowmobile, searching for herbs, so that you can just catch your breath and enjoy the process, but at the same time, each of these activities will work to reveal the plot.

You will meet both negative characters and positive ones. But at first glance, you never know who is in front of you. You always need to be on the lookout and face danger.

There will be a lot of collectibles in the game, it won't be easy to find them, but once you find them, you can learn more about the game world.


We are a team of 6 people located in Belarus, Minsk, on behalf of Payara Games. We like to create games with deep story.

If you would like to get this game when in becomes available, please consider adding it to wishlist on steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1434010/Beyond_The_Thaw/

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Install instructions

Download file, unzip and enjoy :)


Beyond The Thaw Demo

Development log


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Really nice done! Cold, Colder - Beyond the Thaw. I'm hyped for the full release. Wanna take a look at the Demo:

Such an interesting game can't wait for the full release. :)

Thank you! We are very happy that you liked our demo! Add our game to steam wishlist :)

the demo is incredibly promising, could be a great game! the graphics are unbelievably good, the controls are simple and the story is very exciting! a walking simulator of a different kind! I'm really looking forward to the main game!

Thank you very much for your playthrough and kind words! Don't forget to add our game to steam wishlist :)

Tried the game and gave my opinions!

Pretty enjoyable game. I can't wait to see the full game when its ready.


What are the lowest required specs?

This game looks awesome!
I like the atmosphere and the mystery all around it, really nice job!

Watch the Gameplay for fun

I was a little confused because I was playing on my crap top but I will play it again in the future (I play it at the end of the video)

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its me playing the game, thats how the creator gets their game out and other people that like the game go see the video maker

I featured this in my video (starts at 11:17)


I had a hard time at the wolf but it was fun.


This is an amazing prologue to this game! so many questions and mystery as to why he's there and other things as well. Excited to see the improvements and the full game!


Amazing game i loved it! Congrats!


Great game man.

I liked that this game had cutscenes and it looked great. Are you planning on adding more or expanding on this idea? I would love to play more maybe you could do something like his son grows up and goes to the same place to look for his remains. Overall I loved it!

Here is my video:

Thank you! Yes I plan on expanding this idea, currently I work with a team on it :)

That was great. I would like more plot and location. Will it continue ? Well done!!!

Yes! This game will continue! I already gathered team and we are working on it :)

hey I have a laptop with amd 520,8gb ram and i5 7th generation,will it run?

Hello! Yes it should work fine, you can also tweak settings in game if fps is not very good.

hmm idk why i don't can't download it why?

Hello, try to do it from jam page, maybe itch blocked downloads on this page? https://itch.io/jam/2020-unreal-spring-jam/rate/666391

ok thx