"Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it"'
Experience the world of the Vikings. Join Erik in his journey from cradle, youth and eventual grave. It is times of change as the old beliefs are challenged by a new God and trade routes mean contact with people from strange lands. The game focuses on civilized trading as well as the faith and brutality of the viking era; a time when Christianity arrived in the North and became the dominant faith.
'Playing History: Vikings' is a casual learning adventure game where the narrative unfolds as you make decisions, complete quests, master fighting and get the good trade deals. The game allows you to interact with the age of the Vikings. You cannot change history, but you can make a difference by becoming chieftain; Will you take your rightful place - or will you fade into the abyss of history?
In 'Playing History: Vikings' you navigate young Erik through actual events taking place in the era of the Vikings. You will have to make the right decisions, talk to the right people and fight off enemies trying to take over your land. Throughout the game you are able to collect secret coins for extra loot - furthermore you are rewarded with gold for spotting historical anachronisms. Also, you may, as were accustomed at that time, acquire the favor of the gods to help you and Erik in the journey of becoming a true Viking.
See more gameplay images and footage on Steam Greenlight, where you also will be able to vote for Vikings.
Why Kickstarter? Unfortunately, the game is not yet finished. As you can see below, we need resources for development of the final features; resources necessary to make this chapter of ‘Playing History' the game that we believe it deserves to be.
Your financial contributions will provide the external costs we need to finish this game. Features that we will be able to realize when reaching our $40.000 pledged goal include:
Creation of an extended story-line which will include different game endings to increase player autonomy.
The creation of godly powers in the fighting mini-game to teach about deities of the Viking religion 'The Aesir-Faith'.
Enhanced narrative by adding short cut-scenes that help the flow of the story as well as help communicate knowledge about the time.
Voice acting for the in-game characters.
Extended QA phase to ensure the anticipated high quality level of 'Vikings'.
And final user testing.
And this is why we ask you for the final push to help us finish this amazing journey. In funding this project, you will make a world of difference to the end result of 'Vikings'. The Sponsor categories stretches from 'Rock' to 'Godly'. You are able read in detail about the rewards offered to our backers in the right hand bar.
We accept any contribution with eternal gratitude - and we will keep our supporters updated during this Kickstarting process as well as throughout the following final development stages of 'Playing History: Vikings'. See our Facebook page for ongoing updates: www.facebook.com/playinghistory, where you alternatively also are able to support the cause via Paypal.
Make sure to follow the development of our campaign here on Kickstarter, below you will be able to see how your donation is part of pushing this project forward.
Our stretch goals include:
True-to-history sailing and trading mini-games.
Fighting and Stealth mini-games.
Tablet versions for iOS and android
Localization and language versions; We wish to make the game accessible to a larger demographic. Ex. a German version is in demand by our Steam Greenlight supporters.
When playing ‘Vikings’ children can witness history unfold first hand, in an interactive environment. Here they play and engage with past events, allowing them to create personal experiences and tangible memories of something that happened more than a thousand years ago. By balancing play and learning, we allow the young students to have fun while getting more knowledgeable in the process. The primary demographic of the game is students aged 9-13 years, but it is evident that more than a few parents and teachers have also thoroughly enjoyed the previous ‘Playing History’ games.
The ‘Playing History-Series’ include two previous installments; the award-winning 'The Plague' and 'Slave Trade'. These games educated children about the impacts of serious historic events through first hand experiences.
By releasing 'Playing History: Vikings' we feel that we are ready to challenge the learning game industry by kicking it up several notches; by providing fully interactive 3 dimensional world on top of a longer game experience than previous installments as well as more ambitious mini-games.
In creating 'Playing History: Vikings' we challenged the recreation of the early years of the viking's European settlements head on. Not only by creating a historically credible adventure in the lifespan of our main character Erik; but also in designing a surrounding game world containing artifacts and architectural details accurate to this period in time.
The game is a continuation of a series that previously focused on 2D. When we decided to create a full 3D game, we were immediately faced with the challenge of translating the established 'Playing History’ visual style into this new 3D environment, without compromising the artistic vision.
Your donation will not only make this project a reality. Your support and feedback will inspire the successful completion of this 'Playing History' chapter. And you will have taken part in teaching thousands of children about The Viking Age...
Risks and challenges
We have already developed two award-winning games in the Playing History series that tackled the impact of the Black Death and the Slave Trade. Now we are ready to kick it up several notches with full 3D experience, longer game experience and more ambitious mini-games.
We are well on our way with 2/3 of the game finished, but are having challenges finding the resources to get the vision to where we want it. Therefore, we need your help to revolutionize the teaching of history whether it be in in schools or at home history. History has the potential to be engaging and interesting, and with your help we can make that happen.
Gold Sponsor - Collectors item! Select a true viking name for an in-game character (no profanity allowed), select your own game character to get a 3D-printed miniature (Height 3,5 cm) + digital download of the entire Playing History series.
Gold Sponsor: Personal Avatar! You receive all the previous rewards plus a 3D character modelled over you in the game as existing character type (monk, warrior etc), and receive full 3D model for own use.
Godly Sponsor! You receive a one hour talk from developers at a location of your choosing (travel + accommodation not included) plus all previous (except limited edition) rewards. As well as godly status in the 'special credit sections' and in the game lore book.