Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham failed their Kickstarter goal and developers, Phoenix Interactive, believe the devil is behind it.
Phoenix aimed to provide gamers a religious outlet, in a self-described digital "divine intervention" for the gaming space. Ending on March 5, Phoenix Interactive Studios was only able to only get nine people to back their ambitious Kickstarter goal. Initially the group raised $19,000 out of $100,000 on the site and they source Satan for sabotaging their progress.
According to the developers, the Devil is conspiring against them. "I believe that, 100 percent," Richard Gaeta, a co-founder of Phoenix Interactive told Polygon. He explained that since the launch of the Kickstarter for Bible Chronicles: The Call of Abraham, trouble has come into all their lives.
"It's very tangible," added his business partner Martin Bertram. "From projects falling through and people that were lined up to help us make this a success falling through. Lots of factors raining down on us like fire and brimstone."
"If Satan is rallying some of his resources to forestall, delay, or kill this project, I think, this must be a perceived threat to his kingdom," added Ken Frech, a religious mentor to the project. "I fully would expect something like this to have spiritual warfare. Look at the gospel accounts of demons and so forth. That's reality. Many Americans don't believe it anymore. That doesn't change reality."
The game developers are biblical literalists, meaning they believe everything that happened in the bible is factual. They said the power of prayer swayed them to do the game based on Abraham as opposed to Jesus and Moses, and they are not giving up hope. Phoenix Interactive is currently seeking angel investors to help bring this to fruition.
Just as Christian music, literature and movies have found a dedicated audience, they believe games are next. "There is an enormous group of potential players, a market, the Christian market," said Gaeta. "Those families are also going out after Sunday services, driving to Wal-Mart, and buying Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto games. We're not oblivious to that. But we can give them an alternative to what they've accepted from the mainstream media when it comes to video games."
According to Gamespot, The Call of Abraham is a third person adventure game, and the player is in control of someone in Abraham's caravan. They worked tirelessly on this PC game and it will cover the journey of the people of Israel as they look to find their identity and the Promised Land.
"We hold the Bible completely sacred, and we've gone to great lengths to maintain authenticity," the studio said to Christian-Gaming.com
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