It’s now up to gamers whether an episodic interactive retelling of the entire Bible is made into a video game.
With a goal of turning the stories of the Bible into a video game for all ages to enjoy, Ruben and Efraim Meulenberg, Internet stars and identical twins known as the "Tornado Twins," have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to develop several episodes about David, including the story of David and Goliath.
"The Game Bible Series" will be an epic 52-episode video game series to be released on multiple platforms and set to cover the entire Bible from the Old Testament story of Adam and Eve to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. Gameplay will be delivered in the form of an action side-scroller, a game genre where character, story and world exploration come together.
The Meulenberg brothers have set a goal of $35,000 on Kickstarter to fund the first three episodes of the story of David. The first 10 episodes entitled "David: Rise of a King" will be fully funded at $380,000. Those interested in helping to fund "The Game Bible Series" have several options for donating, $5 and up. Each level of giving will allow a different level of access to "The Game Bible Series" before it is available to the general public.
"The stories of the Bible have everything needed to make an epic game – adventure, deceitful and courageous characters, miracles, giants, armies, war and the list goes on," said Efraim Meulenberg, lead developer. "If you are very familiar with the stories of the Bible, this game will make you feel like you are experiencing the stories for the first time. But, even if you're not familiar, this game will be an action-packed adventure that will leave you wanting more."
"The Game Bible Series" will be a family-friendly game, specifically geared toward families with children ages 6 to 18 years of age. In the fashion of the “Mario Bros.” and “Rayman” games. The developer is going to ignore the blood, sex and violence of the Bible in an effort to make these stories suitable for all ages. The Meulenbergs worked with a number of experienced game developers to create the high-quality graphics and infrastructure of the game and theological scholars to ensure accuracy and adherence to the Bible.
"Quality is of upmost importance to us," said Ruben Meulenberg, lead writer. "To ensure a high level of gameplay, several experts who have been involved in the making of 'Assassins' Creed' PSP, 'Stargate' PSP and the ‘Lego’ games have weighed in on this project."
"The twins bring infectious energy and passion to everything they do and execute with the utmost competence and professionalism," said Chris King, CEO at SpeedTree, creators of the effects used in games like “Batman Arkham City”, “Destiny” and “Battlefield 4”.
The Meulenberg brothers are versed media artists, programmers, consultants and the creators of FPS Control. As experienced professionals in the media industry, their training materials have trained over 20,000 musicians and 40,000 game and app developers globally, including Disney Mobile. Some past clients include ING Bank, Thompson, Pearson Education, RedHat, Logica CMG and Orange.