Personasmith: An interactive game about counterfeit and forgery

Project partners: Thunkd and the University of York

Leeds-based video game developers Thunkd have secured funding from XR Stories for their upcoming project, Personasmith.

Thunkd is a new, independent video game development studio that wants to become synonymous with high-quality, short-form, ‘evening-sized’ games and experiences. They create interactive games that focus on ‘time poor’ audiences who want high-quality games that can be consumed from start-to-finish in a short space of time.

To deliver the project, Thunkd is collaborating with academics from the University of York.

Personasmith is a game about counterfeiting and forgery. It explores a person’s journey down the ‘wrong path’ as their (mostly) good intentions attract the attention of the wrong kind of people.

In the game, players will help out people in the community; creating false documents, re-imagining identities, and manipulating the truth. They will ‘meet’ the people they choose to help in the game and find out their stories, giving a glimpse into the hardships and social injustices that brought them to their current situation.

Players will be asked to make moral choices that could change the direction of those they are trying to help in the game. They will then deal with role reversal as they become the victim whose fate lies in the hands of others.

The R&D project will enable the team at Thunkd to explore a new gaming concept in a high quality, short-form format.

This project was funded through the Open XR funding call.

Categories: Games