According to Wikipedia, there are nearly 30 video game titles about the American Civil War. So why make another? Aside from being one of the bloodiest of conflicts, it’s also one of the most important events in American history, never to be forgotten thanks to hundreds of books, magazine articles, documentaries, and so on. Adults have an outstanding number of old-fashioned sources to reach on the subject, but the younger generation seems less likely to understand, let alone appreciate, accounts from historic times by way of stale text books (those still in use, anyway) or boring lectures from teachers. Advancing technology brings an even greater demand for electronic entertainment and edutainment. However, what happens when titles made four or five years ago are no longer compatible with current computer systems, consoles, and other gaming devices?
Since the need to educate our youth is vital, Danish independent developer Campfire Games wants to help with this conundrum by making a game that allows young people to learn about a crucial moment from America’s past through interactive engagement in the present in War of Rights. Founders Emil Alexander Hansen, Mads Støjko Larsen and their talented group have spent more than three years putting together this project, and like others before them, they need a great deal of support in order to finish what they’ve started.
War of Rights is a multiplayer game set around a tumultuous period of the American Civil War, during the Maryland Campaign of September 1862. Campfire Games is devoted to presenting the gruesome and glorious elements of the period, while maintaining the highest level of historical accuracy and realism as possible thanks to the wonders of CRYENGINE.
Players will be able to take on the multiple battlefields of the campaign, from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, where the Siege of Harper’s Ferry took place, to the ridgelines of South Mountain to the meandering waters of Antietam Creek at the Battle of Antietam. Additionally, players will also be able to choose from a list of regiments that fought in each battle, as well as rank, whether they want to slog it out as a lowly private, or orchestrate the carnage and mayhem as a Major General.
“With War of Rights having now been in development for over three years, we felt it was the right time to finally get the game to Kickstarter to secure the required funds.” said Hansen, co-founder and technical artist at Campfire Games. “War of Rights is something very special to us; we’re incredibly passionate for historical accuracy and so with a successful crowdfunding campaign. We’ll be able to dedicate the time and attention the game needs to be and with the power of CRYENGINE, it’ll allow us to deliver something that’s truly authentic.”
Each map contains a period reconstruction of the buildings, farms, forests, roads and rocks that existed in that time so that players can fight through the streets of Harper’s Ferry, in the wooded heights of Fox’s Gap at South Mountain, or in the wheat fields and Bloody Lanes of Antietam with great accuracy. Players can feel the whiz of each deadly shot and shell fly by their bodies, or hitting their comrades, or themselves, as they scream in a bloody hail from their wounds.
Please show your support for War of Rights by visiting Kickstarter.
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