Eon of Tears announced
Evillusion announced today quite a unique game in the form of a first-person RPG. Entitled Eon of Tears, the game will apparently chronicle the events as taken form the Christian Bible, including Creation itself until the End of Days. It seems Evillusion will allow players to either choose the role of evil (Satan) or assume the role of divinity (Jesus Christ). Eon of Tears will also boast advanced graphics along with its biblically accurate storyline.
"After evaluating numerous middleware solutions, we found that Intrinsic Alchemy was a very powerful and cost effective solution and it enables us to save months of development while allowing to easily go multiplatform with the game. Using our own engine would've cost a lot more with a lower level of performance. We gave a special attention to the visual aspect of the game as we tried to reproduce the environment of the time as faithfully as possible. Of course, other elements such as demons and creatures were left to the imagination of our artists. Overall we believe it represents a good balance between fidelity with historical facts and the excitement of videogames. The biblical topics allowed us every possible eccentricities and the artists were free to let there minds go as far as wanted. Since there is no one left to tell us about the destruction of the Sodom and Gomorrah cities we had to imagine what the firework was like and you will see some of these elements in the coming public demo. Elements such as churches, cathedrals and other buildings are modeled exactly according to their real-life shape and based on famous Christian constructions from all over the world."
"While trying to find a way to build an RPG around such a delicate matter, we stumbled across the idea of a Bible Code which gives special powers to those who can harness it. We then built a scenario in which the main character learns how to decode it and understand its power. Through his many experiences, he learns the true meaning of the Bible as he faces all kinds of foes, Angels and other holy and unholy creatures. The choice is left to the gamer if he wants to use that power to either save the world from the Apocalypse or destroy it in massive world-scale genocide. Being responsible for the End of Days and playing the dark angel avenging God's Wrath wielding a divine flaming sword is a pretty strong concept that will please all gamers."
"Imagine how it must be like to be Jesus, to see yourself nailed on the cross and to live his life in its best and worst moments. The exciting thing about the game is that we are giving a unique opportunity to incarnate Jesus and other such historical figures that are way beyond your usual action hero. The gamers will actually play in Moses skin and realize the Plagues of Egypt, they will play Jesus and walk on waters, realize miracles, fight demons and much more. Separating the sea and saving the Hebrew people should be a warm and gratifying feeling for us all. Even Jesus' crucifixion, his fall into Hell and his resurrection are featured in the storyline."
"Although most of what you'll see in the game is serious material that can be related to actual modern studies or various interpretations from around the world, a lot of elements had to be added, modified or truncated to improve the gameplay and the overall level of action. Let's just say we were not afraid of controversy in our approach and the point is not to try convincing gamers of the righteousness of the Bible's message. We are rather trying to illustrate various interpretations that many consider only to be better understandings of the Bible's texts real meaning. We are not just pushing a story, it's almost like a philosophical reflexion on our Faith, our beliefs and our perception of the World's greatest story ever."
The first full-featured public demo will be released this autumn, as the final version is scheduled for spring of 2004 for three platforms. The PC has already been guaranteed a release, with two other systems unknown.
8/8/2002 Matt Stensrud