In a campaign run by Currys PC World in late 2018, three highly-acclaimed video game artists were tasked in creating video game concept art for 10 cities around the globe. The idea of the campaign was to bring these cities to life as if they were in a video game with their own backstory and art direction.
Artists Eva Kedves (Call of Duty: WWII, Assassin’s Creed: Origins), David Tilton (Santa Monica Studios, Thor: Ragnarok, Alien: Covenant) and Dominik Zdenkovic (The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind) were tasked at bringing 10 cities into a video game world by developing concept art for them. The cities include Accra – Ghana, Fort Monroe – Virginia, Birmingham – England and more. Most importantly for us, Cape Town was chosen and commissioned to Eva Kedvas.
The artwork depicts a vibrant location with Table Mountain in the distance. Eva’s take on the city as a video game location has me wanting more and I could only wish that one day we get to play a game set in our beautiful city.
The Lost Treasure opens with the discovery of a treasure map drawn by early Dutch settlers. The map points the way to the largest haul of gold and silver in known history – and it’s hidden somewhere in sun-drenched Cape Town.
You play as Riley, a fun-loving Capetonian looking make your fortune and safeguard your family’s future.
Riley is an amateur treasure hunter in the vein of Nathan Drake, but this story takes place in a modern setting. Instead of tombs we have busy city streets, beaches, forested areas, a waterfront and long, winding roads. Instead of mysticism we have the all-too-lifelike reality of social media. In lampooning our obsession with our screens, the game will have parallels with Watch Dogs 2, while an enormous explorable map will offer Just Cause levels of expansiveness (except with fewer jungle environs and more city areas).
In fact, the city is your oyster. You’ll rub shoulders with a diverse cast of characters who’ll shed a light on Cape Town’s past. International audiences will taste a culture that’s familiar on the surface but layered with subtle differences in flavour.
You can check out all the cities and their concept art and storyline here and let us know what you think of a video game set in Cape Town in the comments below.