Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is an action-RPG that released on Steam back in 2016. At first glance, it looks like a colorful RPG inspired by the 2D entries of the ever-popular Tales series, but it is so much more than that. Aurion is the very first game to ever be created in Africa, from the country’s first and only videogame studio; Kiro’o Games.
Kiro’o Games was founded in Cameroon by Guillaume Olivier Madiba. He wrote a very interesting PostMortem about the difficulties of being an African game developer with aspirations to make an amazing game and how he overcame the many obstacles in his way to release Aurion, which spent around 13 years in development. It makes for a pretty interesting read, you can check out the full article here.
One of the major draws of Aurion: The Legacy of the Kori-Odan is its unique story. Instead of focusing on prophecies and the typical world-saving, it focuses more on the aspects of discovering our true nature, who we really are on the inside. That type of introspective narrative is pretty rare if you ask me. It’s also the only game I can think of that draws on traditional African mythology. It’s a refreshing perspective as it is a setting that hasn’t ever really been used before now and well-timed since people are clamoring for more diversity in the games we play.
The story has also made an impression on Hollywood, as the rights have been picked up by Good Fear Film to turn Aurion into a feature length movie. There isn’t much information about it yet, though, as production has not yet begun. It’s something to keep an eye out for in the future.
We are currently working on a review for Aurion here at Player2Reviews, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime if you feel like checking it out for yourself, here’s the link to the Steam store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/368080/
By Richard Jewell
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