I’d been keeping an eye on the Titanic: Honour and Glory project for a while and it’s great to see it getting some media attention as it’s a noble and fine interactive project I feel anyone can relate to. But this week I finally got a chance to play around a small area of the replicated Titanic with the new playable demo, which I’d highly recommend having a go at.
It’s a remarkable achievement by a small team with an even smaller budget, but whose passion for their game and it’s subject matter is immediately apparent. There is an attention to detail in their virtual recreation of the Titanic that is remarkable in itself. I love history (indeed, I have an affinity for this particular event in history – I love the time period, the tragedy, the engineering… it’s a perfect storm of historical intrigue) and games like this are a perfect means of introducing people to what can be construed as quite a dense subject.
Titanic: Honour and Glory promises two game modes: a “story” mode that takes place on the ship during the sinking, the success of which is dependent on the player accomplishing their goals and escaping alive and a “free roam” mode where the player can simply wander around the virtual Titanic as their intrigue takes them.
This sort of project is perfect for introducing history to people who may not know much about the subject or have found it too dense. Interactivity is a great way of bringing that history back to life to allow new audiences to experience it. Titanic: Honour and Glory is unlike most crowd-funded games; sure, it’s a niche market but it has so much potential as both an educational tool (perhaps in a formal setting?) and an adventure in history. Sure, there are parallels to 1996’s Titanic: Adventure out of Time and that’s fine; Titanic: Honour and Glory is that game’s spiritual successor, and uses advances in technology to make it a much more compelling experience.
The Phase 3 fundraiser for this ambitious target runs until April 20th, and I’ll definitely be supporting it; and on this, the 103rd anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic I definitely think you should too! Let the most famous shipwreck of all time live on in digital form to engage and engross another generation!