Saturday, June 25, 2011

Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta!

This feels... somehow... familiar...

Fantastic news! There's a new IP coming to the PS3, along with PC, Mac OSX, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android Devices. It's said to be the first PS3 title ever developed in Saudi Arabia.
"Get ready for the spine-chiller of the year! When Arab fortune hunter Faris Jawad and his archeologist sister Dania receive a call to visit Morocco they embark on an exotic adventure throughout the Middle East on the trail of the famous Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta (1304-1369 A.D.). The trail won't be clear however as Faris will have to overcome an unholy alliance of a militia army leader, a weapons dealer and a wealthy antiquities smuggler who are after the same goal."

Check out the gameplay video.

It's like everything you love about Uncharted, except kinda' shitty! I should note, the environments don't look awful. What will this unique and original take on the action-adventure formula offer?

  • Travel across the Middle East from the wild life of Moroccan Atlas mountains to the alleys of old Damascus through the port of Alexandria and the metropolitan city of Dubai.
  • Unique mix of platforming, melee fighting, shooting and stealth gameplay.
  • Presented in a TV style episodic format along with recaps of previous episodes and teaser cliff hangers of what lies ahead.
  • Unearthed Online is an additional free-to-play browser based multiplayer component that is available now on Facebook
Here's my problem, with this. This blatant, balls-out ripoffery has made me angry at a young, ambitious studio who really could use some media support.

That's one problem.

This young, ambitious studio is trying to make a game that's exactly like one of the single best games of the current generation - and if you're going to shoot, shoot for the moon. What I don't appreciate is what a blatant rip off it is - more precisely, that they aren't even attempting to stake their own claim in video games - the font in their logo is the font used in Uncharted 2 and 3.

And it's like... dude.

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