For those who don't know yet, we're developing the next Viking-themed game.
“But Kamal” I can almost hear you asking, “Many games out there are Viking-themed, what makes your game so different?”
And to that I simply reply with one word; “Authenticity”.
Let me clear something up first. The Norsemen didn’t really like writing. They didn’t record their legacy throughout history very well. This is why they were always imagined as savage beasts coming from the north to destroy the world, at least that’s how the kingdoms of Britannia saw them.
The Sagas that came afterwards were a mix of fairy tales found in Norse mythology and popular “Campfire stories” that Norsemen used to tell.
The only thing historians could work with was the aftermath.
“Actions speak louder than words”. They left their stamp on Europe and changed the way people lived there forever.
But again, I hear you asking “I'm not here for a history lesson. Where’s the game man?”
Jeez, relax! here’s what this segment has to do with Call to Valkyrie.
As we strolled through the crowded market of video games, we found out that only a few games actually talked about the “Real” Vikings.
Most of the Viking-themed games were either fantasy games themed as Norse, or an over-exaggerated image of the Vikings and their mythology (Odin, Thor, Valkyries, etc…).
Don’t get me wrong, that’s completely fine. I actually enjoyed some of these games. But there was something missing.
There was a lot of history about the Vikings that could be turned into a pretty good game. oh wait … Yeah, they did awful things that game developers don't dare to include. (a.k.a really bad things to women and children). They were also sorta like mercenaries and only worked for silver.
There was one story; one story that could be a great game. and we’ve taken the chance to implement that story into the next RTS VIKING GAME. You want to know the story?
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? Well, you can search about THE GREAT HEATHEN ARMY.
Boy, what am I thinking? why search for that when you can PLAY an authentic game that revolves around it? (The game is Call to Valkyrie in case you haven't noticed).
THE GREAT HEATHEN ARMY raided the kingdoms of Britannia under the lead of *four* brothers to avenge the death of their father. NOW THAT is an intense story. You may have heard of it from the Show “Vikings”.
In the game, you play as Ivar the boneless; one of the four leaders, who lands on the foreign lands of Northumbria with a group of strong Viking warriors and they have to utilize the land to survive and grow stronger. And by "utilize", I mean "raid, occupy and recruit peasants to become your soldiers".
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