Russo-Ukrainian War: Players have the option to write a message on artillery shells
Frogwares, a Ukrainian game development studio known for horror and mystery games like The Sinking City and Sherlock Holmes, has announced a Kickstarter campaign — three random messages will be placed on weapons used in the Ukrainian resistance.
Posting on Twitter, Frogwares announced that its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its upcoming game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. To help with fundraising, they recruited the help of the 24th Separate Assault Battalion, Ukrainian soldiers fighting against the Russian incursion.
People who like and retweet the campaign tweet will be entered into a prize draw, and three random winners will be allowed to create a message that will be written on the casing of a 152mm howitzer – explosive munitions used in warfare.
“The message can be anything you want, but subject to our team’s approval. Winners will each receive a photo of their message on a seashell, proudly displayed by our troops,” Frogwares said.
While there were a few messages of support, there were an equal number of messages expressing contempt for the use of a video game campaign to support war efforts. It should be noted, however, that Ukrainians are facing dire conditions following the Russian invasion, with the civilian death toll at least 5,500 (which is likely an undercount, according to sources from the United Nations).
Before the war, Frogwares became famous for its line of Sherlock Holmes titles. However, he really exploded into the gaming sphere with his Lovecraftian detective game The Sinking City, which featured open-world investigations in the fictional town of Oakmont. The game features a sanity mechanic, where if a player witnesses too many disturbing moments, their surroundings can be distorted (and the result may be fatal.)
The war against Ukraine does not only affect Ukrainian developers. Many companies around the world have banded together to avoid selling products to Russia or to prevent Russians from participating in events. For example, the next FIFA game, FIFA 23, will see Russian football teams excluded from the selection.
Written by Junior Miyai on behalf of GLHF.