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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Iran to release computer game “The Age of Heroes” based on Shahnameh
Tehran Times Art Desk
TEHRAN -- Iran will soon release the computer game “The Age of Heroes” with the central theme of stories from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh.
The Ferdowsi Foundation proposed the initial concept and Iran’s Modern Industry Center produced the game.
The game has been produced in the action genre by Iranian experts, and revives the Iranian culture and traditions of championship with the help of good deeds and decency.
The locations and the environment of the game are based on Iran’s culture, geography and climate, featuring its epic music and Persian characters in traditional costumes situated in Persian historical monuments.
Over ninety legendary figures based on Shahnameh’s stories are designed into this game. The main story happens in nine legendary lands including Sistan, Sarsabz, Kuhestan, and Atashfeshani.
The user must make use of various kinds of weaponry to fight against the evil characters of the story in order to learn the secret of invulnerability.
Dialogues play major roles in the game and the user must talk with the characters inside the story to find the right path.
The major character is named Atar who is the son of Pishdad, the Sistan’s wise and honorable commander. Zabol, the capital of Sistan, is the cradle of Persian art and literature and is the initial location where the game begins. The land has been captured by the demons and Atar is invited by other Iranian heroes and the men of letters to fight against the demons.
The other tales and characters in this game are derived from Shahnameh’s characters such as Arash, Siavash, Fereidun, Kaveh, Esfandiar, Rustam, and Zal.
The Ferdowsi Foundation is planning to introduce the game “The Age of Heroes” as an Iranian cultural production among the Persian speaking nations in Iran and the world.