​A War Game That Doesn't Show The War

Not one bullet or explosion at all. Bold, energetic colors. It's a little weird that a game about 'the Global War on Terror' looks so beautiful.

There's only this quick teaser to go by but it looks like The Sun Also Rises will be taking a very divergent perspective on the same kinds of happening-in-the-real-world-right-now conflicts that Battlefield and Call of Duty try to put players into. The upcoming game will be built around stories from soldiers and is being made by a dev studio called Horse Volume, who describe it this way:

The Sun Also Rises is an Interactive Narrative Adventure that explores the Global War on Terror through a collection of vignettes based on personal accounts by U.S. Soldiers. The natural conversation system and vibrant aesthetic bring complex characters to life.

Features

  • Dialog engine that allows you to speak or stay silent, interrupt others or be cunning with your words, fundamentally altering your experience.
  • 3rd Person exploration through the worldwide settings of the War on Terror.
  • Stunning graphics that utilize a vibrant color palette to juxtapose the heavy subject matter with their beautiful settings.
  • Asynchronous passive multiplayer, where the choices you make affect the gameplay options that another player will have.

Between The Sun Also Rises and This War of Mine, 2014 seems to be the year that video game developers are finding ways to focus on how military engagements disrupt the civilian side of life. There'll be a Kickstarter launching soon for the game.