Steampunk-themed online adventure game for tweens retells Biblical stories in an epic quest to restore the world
Auckland, New Zealand – February 29, 2016 – New Zealand-based Scarlet City Studios today announced the launch of The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance, an online role-playing adventure game for tweens . The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance retells the epic story of scripture in an exciting steampunk world filled with quests, puzzles, crafting and more. The Aetherlight will launch in early May 2016, but limited early access packages are now available here.
“Great gaming is as much about great storytelling as it is about the gameplay itself,” says Carl Becker CEO of Scarlet City Studios. “We have taken the greatest story ever told – the story of the God of the Bible and his relationship with humanity – and built an allegorical world that is truly epic. Think the Chronicles of Narnia, or Ben Hur, or even Dave and the Giant Pickle! What this means is that the player’s experience is as deep as it is long – our hope is that this brand new expression of the biblical narrative will help them to see their own world, and their part in it, through new lenses – with greater hope and a richer sense of meaning.”
The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance will unfold over several chapters released every few months. In addition to the game, the Resistance Academy provides bible study activities, exploring the stories, contexts and meanings of the Scriptures and challenging players to embrace the message of the Bible and find ways to incorporate it into their daily lives. Analytical tools help parents keep abreast of how their child is progressing in the game and Resistance Academy, creating great opportunities to discuss matters of faith and life in a way players can grasp and enjoy.
The Aetherlight has recently been endorsed by the American Bible Society, who view the game as an innovative and authentic expression of the bible narrative.
“There is a battle for the hearts and minds of young people… that’s why I’m excited about The Aetherlight,” says Roy Peterson, president and CEO of American Bible Society. “Through this gaming experience, we have a mechanism to get young people to engage with scripture.”
Here is the The Aetherlight: Chronicles of the Resistance trailer:
The Aetherlight can be accessed online through a variety of purchasing options. The first episode is available for $12.99 with subsequent episodes priced at $15.99, or parents can choose to purchase a variety of packages with exclusive bonuses, including exciting behind-the-scenes access and the ability to design in-game content.