Back in November 3rd 1957 Russian scientist of the Soviet Union sent the first dog into space which they named Laika. More than half a century later and the first canine cosmonaut now gets her own game developed by Minicore Studios and set to release on “multiple platforms”. The game’s full title “Laika Believes: The Sun at Night” is being described as an episodic 2D action platformer. Don’t expect this to be historically accurate as the game pits Laika against a Soviet controlled world. Don’t take my word for it, just take a look at the developer’s synopsis.
“The tide of Soviet power washing across the face of the Earth could possibly have been turned back at various stages of history. But the new energy sources they discovered lit a fire under the Russian war machine. So when Stalin rolled into Paris, the resulting flare-up of global conflict left little more than smoking ash heaps where America and Great Britain had been.
Now, Stalin is dead. Though resistance movements have emerged, the Soviets still stand supreme as rulers of the globe. Only a force from beyond the earth could possibly tip the balance.
Abram Krupin, leader of a resistance cell, knows this. When he sees a dog fall from the stars, then, he takes it as an omen. This dog speaks, wears silver armor, and has an arsenal of mysterious weapons. Abram calls her Laika.
Laika believes that, despite all odds, she can protect the countless lives crushed by the Soviets.
Laika Believes is a 2D action platformer to be released in three parts. Expect the first episode, The Sun at Night, in 2013. All episodes will feature:
- Massive, nonlinear levels that model the layouts of real locations in a way not yet seen in other platformers
- Large, choice-rich skill trees that let players approach the game the way they want to
- A novel defensive mechanic that lets players turn the firepower of Laika's enemies against them
- Smoothly flowing, fast-paced shooting action
- A story of struggle and hope, full of twists and revelations
- Rich, evocative art depicting a world dominated by a technologically ascendant Soviet empire
- Secrets and rewards hidden in every corner for the determined player”
Sounds like there’s going to be a lot to this game and being a sucker for both dogs and 2D platform games I’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing more of this game. No release date has been given at the time of this posting but we’ll keep our ears to the ground for information.