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In the Valley of Gods - Zora

Ancient Egypt: New Game Starring a Black Woman as Main Character

In the Valley of Gods is the next game coming from Campo Santo, the same studio that brought to life Firewatch. This adventure will also be in the first-person view, but will instead have players tread through Kemet (Egypt) in the 1920s. The game was originally premiered at The Game Awards 2017 with the trailer below: The single-player title will put players in the shoes of Rashida, who is “a disgraced former explorer and filmmaker given one last shot at the adventurous life.” Somewhere in the endless sands of Egypt there is an ancient discovery just waiting to be found and Rashida must enlist the aid of Zora, who is a former partner that Rashida has promised to work alongside once more.

A smart move for diversity

One of Campo Santo’s main design philosophies is making sure players comfortably settle into the skin of the main character. Ideas like body awareness and intricate animations for hands help make that connection between player and game, allowing them to get lost and adopt the character’s perspective as their own.

Rashida may be the main character according to the developers, but since the game is in the first-person view, she will never be on screen. Her friend Zora who is clearly a black woman will be the one who will be omnipresent. It’s probably a way for the developers to keep an African presence in a story that relates the story of one of the oldest African civilizations, without scaring its European (or white) audience. A smart move.

The story will comprise of Rashida and Zora rebuilding their relationship as they search for a thrilling discovery. Players will have to utilize a 35mm film camera in order to document the surroundings and any particular findings of value. Players may climb and traverse the surroundings so that they can better explore 1920s Egypt’s ruins to find treasures of the past world. The art style and movement control from the world premiere trailer are both comparable to Firewatch from what little has been shown so far. On Campo Santo’s Frequently Asked Questions page for the game, they even hint that those that enjoyed playing Firewatch would be in for a treat.

Probably for 2019

Campo Santo has not outlined the system requirements required to download In the Valley of Gods, but the game’s Steam page shows that it will have full controller support.

In the Valley of Gods does not have a specific release date, but is expected to release this year on PC and Mac. However, the studio has not ruled out launching the game on other platforms or making them compatible at some point down the road.

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