In March, a giant container ship was stranded diagonally across the Suez Canal, disrupting global trade by blocking a vital supply route for six days. It was one of the biggest stories of the month that inevitably fueled the memes. Now, an independent developer named Napas Torteeka has decided to turn the event into an online game. A synopsis of the game showed that the player’s objective would be to deliver the goods on a ship to its destination without blocking or interrupting the shipping route. As the ship successfully crosses a milestone, it receives a reward.
The ship in the game is called “WHATEVER”, a version of the name of the 200,000-tonne real ship – Ever Given – which was trapped in the 93 km long artificial channel connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, providing the most maritime connection. short between Asia and Europe.
A solo developer Napas Torteeka is currently working on a Godot-based game called WHATEVER, a game inspired by the Suez Canal blockade in March 2021: https: //t.co/rBeD6rSyO7#godot #dev game #independent developer #game development #indiegame pic.twitter.com/8qb2DvAVdg
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The mission is simple – drive the ship through the canal to deliver the cargo on time. “The more you progress, the more challenging the process becomes. Suction cups, whirlpools, kaiju, UFOs, all these things will be encountered along the way,” said a description of the game on the 80 Level website.
The Suez Canal is located east of the Egyptian capital Cairo. Almost 12% of the world’s maritime traffic and a large part of its oil supply passes through it. The route became particularly vital during the pandemic. Frantic efforts were launched to clear the channel, but the ship’s length – 400 meters – made it very difficult to pull it out of the mud.
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The ship was refloated using more than 10 tugs and heavy onshore machinery to dig around the bow of the ship. A worm moon, which caused the high tide, also aided the effort, making the ship’s buoyancy easier.
The Godot-powered game is scheduled for release this month.