Ever since the Grand Theft Auto series unleashed players on cities modelled after New York City, Miami, and parts of California, real(ish)-world locales have been a big draw in the video game world.
Later in 2016, the Czech Republic will serve as the setting for a pair of widely-released video games, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which partially takes place in a futuristic Prague, and Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which is set in medieval Bohemia.
But an unusual indie game currently competing for release on the PC gaming platform Steam puts gamers on the realistic recreation of contemporary Prague streets.
In Hobo: Tough Life, you play as a homeless character struggling for survival on the streets of Prague. “The game is supposed to be tough,” describes the official website. “You will have to deal with hunger, hostile environment, human unconcern and with forthcoming winter.”
It’s an intriguing concept. For Prague residents, however, one of the game’s biggest draws might be the real-world setting of the Czech capital, which appears to have been faithfully recreated.
The game’s release trailer features some recognizable locations in the streets of central Prague, including Můstek metro station:
Rather than a more action-oriented experience, the game appears to be a realistic re-creation of life on the streets, where the player must deal with scavenging for food and supplies and face the wrath of unkind human NPCs.
“You smell like a pig,” computer AI tells your character in the trailer.
The release date for Hobo: Tough Life is still TBA. You can vote for the game to see release on the Steam platform at its Steam Greenlight page.
More information about the game can be found on its official website.