Hard To Be A God: Videogames Based On Books No Longer Novel Idea

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
brothers.

Strugatsky Brothers’ Hard To Be A
God

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
time.

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
downloading the
Hard To
Be A God
Demo.