April 3, 2008
HARD TO BE A GOD: THE ADVENTURE
GAME INSPIRED BY THE STRUGATSKY BROTHER’S TALE VIDEOGAMES BASED ON BOOKS NO
LONGER A NOVEL IDEA
The transfer of films, TV shows and
comic adventures to videogames is very common, with film directors and actors
often getting involved. However, there are also many examples of novels being
the inspiration for video games.
Hard To Be A God, the
new action and adventure game from Ascaron to be released in April, was inspired
by the classic Russian novel of the same name written by the Strugatsky
Strugatsky Brothers’ Hard To Be A
The Strugatsky brothers were famous
Russian science-fiction authors. In their novels, they created a universe where
earthmen are the explorers and conquerors of space. Hard To Be A God is one of
the novels in this series and follows a spy from a futuristic earth as he
explores an alien planet stuck in a medieval time.
Written in 1964, political
undertones are very apparent in the book, with references to the negative
effects of an overpowering church, differences between capitalism and communism,
fascist dictatorship and the Nazis.
Bringing a novel to life
Great care was taken to bring the
world envisioned by the Strugatsky brothers to life. All the characters,
locations and factions have been recreated in fine detail, right down to a
character’s individual attitudes towards others. The planet Tsurinak has been
designed with an authentic medieval appearance. Clothes, structures,
surroundings and basic weapons, such as swords and crossbows, reflect a medieval
Akella’s Hard To Be A God
The game is a sequel, set two years
after the book. The Kingdom of Arkanar has been torn apart by internal wars and
the nobles have entrenched themselves in their castles. Anarchy rules the world
as an agent of the imperial intelligence organisation is dispatched to the
rebellious kingdom with an order to kill the leader of the insurgents.
During the quest the agent comes up
against bandits, mounted guards and monsters in a range of challenges, from
finding lost children in a corn filed, to defeating immortal beings.
Try your luck at survival by
Be A God Demo.