Developer unveils new Ukraine conflict video game — RT Games & Culture
Players will control military drones and carry out attacks against Russian forces as part of the planned project
The ongoing military conflict in Ukraine serves as the backdrop for a new video game being developed by Finnish studio Rockodile, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the project.
The game, titled ‘Death From Above’, is advertised as a “Easy to pick up arcade drone warfare game,” which lets players take on the role of a Ukrainian military drone operator fighting Russian troops.
Players will be tasked with dropping bombs on Russian military and equipment, recovering “precious material” like stolen washing machines and the restoration of crucial communication lines disrupted by the conflict, according to the game’s Kickstarter crowdfunding page.
The studio has pledged to donate 30% of the net proceeds from the game’s Steam sales to Ukrainian charities and to commit an additional 70% of the net proceeds after the developer’s break-even point.
It should be noted that none of the funds raised via Kickstarter will be donated to charity and will only be used to improve and develop the game, “make it bigger and more beautiful.”
Game director Hendrik Lesser said “Death from Above” was originally intended to be a simulation game that involved mini-games involving the use of drones, cargo transfer, and racing. However, the scope of the project and the team has grown over the past six months, and the studio has also partnered with Gis Arta, a Ukrainian developer of military software used to control and coordinate drones and artillery in combat scenarios.
The game is expected to release in early access on Steam in the coming months regardless of the results of the Kickstarter campaign, the developers said. However, those who donate to the campaign can get bonuses after the official launch.
Those who donate a minimum of €3 will unlock the ‘Mass Mobilization’ tier and receive a wallpaper that the developers hope will remind players “pleasure and excitement” they experimented in the game. Those who pledge €18 will unlock the “Art of Propaganda” level and receive three caricatures of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow, meanwhile, has repeatedly decried “Unprecedented level of Russophobia” detected in many countries amid the conflict in Ukraine. In parts of the UK, for example, hate crimes and violent attacks against Russians have more than doubled in the past year, according to a Sky News report earlier this month.
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