‘We Are The Caregivers’ Leading Afrofuturism and Center
Afrofuturism, if you will unfamiliar, a movement in literature, music, art, video games, movies, etc., with futuristic or science fiction themes that incorporate elements of the whole of Black history and culture, or more well, that made it the central theme. We’ve seen some games that take the concept to heart, As FACE, but few go beyond engaging Black or African characters to truly share their stories or experiences.
We Are The Caregivers an RPG driven sci-fi squad-management RPG about protecting endangered animals-and your planet-from extinction. In the game, you recruit, train, manage and build squads of arcane protectors called Caretakers. Set in the land of Shadra, an unreal African country, the story revolves around defending Raun, like rhino creatures, from humans and alien hunters. The game attempts to go beyond the usual lens of Western wildlife conservation to see what people are going through living in areas where extraction is a common way of life. Some people need a way to survive, so they get involved not because they want to be able to but not because of the economic necessity. We also see people who are in it for the sport. And among them is wild life, on the verge of extinction.
Upon entering a fight, the game is transformed with a combination of style changes. Familiar with the purpose of RPG fans: Dress up Will hunters, shown in a blue bar, or Stamina, shown in a red bar. Afterwards you use a finishing move to send them to the packing. The most strange thing about fighting enemies in this game is that it is very difficult to capture their will.
The inspiration for We are the Guardians from previous titles in the turn-based RPG genre, such as Ogre Battle, XCOM, ug Northgard. The game is well polished, but it’s a good representation of the Afrofuturism class.
Scott Brodie, founder of Heart Shaped Games and lead developer of the game, told WIRED, “I see Afrofuturism as a way to center the stories on Black people and the wider diaspora and less centralized in the West.I was first introduced by it Black Panther. Also, throughout the project, I really became a fan of Nnedi Okorafor, ”the two -time award -winning Nigerian writer Hugo. “It’s great to know about other works of the genre while working on the game. I think we’ve finally seen that there’s a non-Western story here that we can tell, and Afrofuturism is exactly what we wanted. try to do. ”
Afrofuturism not only promotes representation for the Black diaspora; it can also create a sense of understanding between Black creators and viewers of all backgrounds — whether one wants or needs to understand live experiences. Black people are often told that experiences are not real. Afrofuturism always works to magnify the elements and themes of Black culture: people, history, persecution, freedom, happiness, community, and more.