Mulaka is the beastmaster game I didn't know I wanted


I found some indie gold at E3

You've probably never heard of the game studio Lienzo or their new game Mulaka, but once you see the trailer you'll likely keep it on your radar. If I had to describe it to someone in an elevator I might say that Journey and Colosse had a gorgeous low-poly baby. You play as a warlock that, through gifts of the demi-gods, gains the powers of animals and other spirits to grow stronger. Your mission is to convince the mighty heavenly Gods that the human race isn't total dog shit worth flushing. I would hate do have that job. Have you met the people that work at the DMV? After raising some cash on Kickstarter they're now wrapping up development.

What's most unique about this title is the source material: they're working with anthropologists and an ancient tribe still living in Northern parts of Mexico, who believe that the world has been destroyed by the sun and moon three times and a fourth event is coming. They also believe in a rock that eats little kids, and that's all in the game. The game's terrain is also directly based on the area where they live today.

When someone tells me "I'm making a cultural game" one can't help but feel like the gameplay comes second, but the Lienzo boys reassured us: "We're very focused on making a good game first; it's fun to play. That's our priority. As a second thing, you get to learn about this real culture. We're working closely with the indigenous peoples of the Sierra Tarahumara to make the game's stories as authentic as possible."  Proceeds from the sales of the game are donated to organizations that help preserve this culture.  

For a small indie team the game's looking hugely polished. Mulaka is scheduled for release later this year on PS4, Xbox One, and here's their page on Steam


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