Online game firm is utilizing know-how to inform tales primarily based on Cape Breton’s historical past

Online game firm is utilizing know-how to inform tales primarily based on Cape Breton’s historical past

One of many few online game builders in Cape Breton has teamed up with the Membertou Heritage Park in Membertou, N.S., to create an interactive expertise. 

Inexperienced Robotic Studios, based in 2017, is a subsidiary of VMP Group. VMP Group, primarily based in Sydney, has labored with non-profit teams and established corporations to share tales of Cape Breton for nearly 20 years. 

Their latest endeavour is named Journey Again in Time to Kun’tewiktuk. It’s scheduled to be launched on the Membertou Heritage Park in Membertou within the coming months.

It takes viewers again to a time in Cape Breton earlier than European settlers made contact with Indigenous folks. Visitors are in a position to shoot arrows, spear salmon and play drums whereas they navigate by means of components of Cape Breton-Unama’ki.

A man sits next to a fire.
In keeping with the Inexperienced Robotic Studios web site, Kun’tewiktuk is ‘the world’s first digital Mi’kmaq expertise hosted by Membertou Heritage Park.’ (Inexperienced Robotic Studios)

Shawn Inexperienced, the president of the Inexperienced Robotic Studios and a founding member of the VMP group, stated VMP knew from the start it needed to inform tales that centered on the native space and that different folks weren’t telling.

“We determined early on that one of many issues that would separate us from numerous the opposite producers and content material on the market was to deal with tales about this place, about Cape Breton-Unama’ki, and the historical past and the tradition and the creativity that that basically surrounds us,” stated Inexperienced.

“It is a key differentiation to the form of content material that may be produced elsewhere.”

large ships from the 1700s in a harbour
The Messenger is a digital actuality expertise hosted at Fortress of Louisbourg. (Inexperienced Robotic Studios)

Inexperienced Robotic has partnered with Parks Canada and the Fortress of Louisbourg to develop immersive experiences up to now. 

It has helped folks journey by means of time with digital actuality simulations, like being a messenger within the 1700s when Louisburg was thriving, or check driving Alexander Graham Bell’s HD-4 hydrofoil.

The brand new venture about to be introduced in Membertou has had its share of troubles. The venture was began simply earlier than the pandemic, however wasn’t completed till 2021.

Though it was delayed, Journey Again in Time to Kun’tewiktuk will likely be launched within the subsequent few months.

Jeff Ward, the manager director of the Membertou Heritage Park, performed a key position in ensuring the simulation was genuine. He helped educate the staff at Inexperienced Robotic Studios about what life was like for an Indigenous individual earlier than contact.

He even performed the a part of characters within the recreation, and wore a motion-capture swimsuit.

“It was an important alternative to be within the simulation,” stated Ward, who stated he was completely happy to have the ability to do it in Cape Breton.