Are you one of those people who played Assassin’s Creed and thought it wasn’t authentic enough with its biblical history? Are you someone who love Mass Effect but didn’t feel they played up the religious themes enough? Well if so, then you are in luck. Developer Phoenix Interactive Studios has released a Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, an epic RPG documenting the titular character’s journeys and adventures throughout the holy land.
Much like developers of modern military shooters, the utmost attention has been given to create a truly authentic The Bible experience. With that in mind however, one question stems from the fact that The Bible contains a great deal of violence and mature content. The developers address this issue head-on:
“We’re actually following stories directly from the Bible with game play that you will respect. Of course, there is violence in the Bible, but even when the main character must kill a rabid wolf attacking Abraham’s sheep, or run into battle, there is always a just cause and you are only able to engage in activities that are honorable. And on occasions where there is a better alternative to violence, you are rewarded for finding and choosing it.”
So, it’s pretty much the same thing as Mass Effect with its Paragon/Renegade system, except that it won’t let you be a Renegade.
The primary goal for the Kickstarter is $100,000 but there are a number of stretch goals beyond that. These goals include getting onto consoles ($250,000), a Spanish version ($300,000), and expanded content ($450,000). As with all Kickstarters, there are also a number of benefits to donating. For example, pledging $25 will get you a digital copy of Bible Chronicles. For $5000 on the other hand, you can have a ruler of one of the city-states done in your likeness.
All kidding aside, The Bible and many of its stories really do have potential to be an incredible source for a video game. Whether this project is the one that pulls it off remains to be seen, but stranger things have happened. The Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham is not yet live, but you can check out the details here.