Ben Franklin is well known as a number of things: author, printer, politician, scientist, musician, inventor, civic activist, and statesman. Lesser known? Zombie Hunter.
No longer. Thanks to the guys over at Neo-Pangea, Big Ben’s zombie killing exploits are your to relive any time you’d like. In the new Flash11 and Stage 3d-powered game Deadcoats, Philadelphia’s favorite founding father is tasked with stemming the tide of an overwhelming army of risen Redcoats with only his trusty lightning gun, iron resolve, and witty one-liners to aid him.
Reading, PA based Neo-Pangea can normally be found crafting beautiful interactive experiences for companies like National Geographic and the Travel Channel, but this particular project was a personal labor of love created from start to finish in just three weeks using brand new tech.
I’ve spent more paid work hours than I care to count headshotting the living dead with my thunderbuss, but I recently had the chance to chat with some of the team over at Neo-Pangea about the process of making the game.
Where’d the idea come from? Why Ben Franklin? Why zombies?
Aaron Beaucher, Ambassador of Inspiration: We have been wanting to do something zombie related for some time now – so when we were looking to showcase these new Flash 11 features and our own capabilities it seemed like a great opportunity. Brett really headed up the concept of Ben Franklin vs undead redcoats, seemed to be a good fit due to our ties to Philly. The lightning gun in the game is actually modeled from a real prop gun we have in our studio… now we just need to get our jetpack into something.
Brett Bagenstose, Baron of Pixels: We are so excited about the possibility of GPU rendered video that we had to have an experiment right out of the gate. But, we wanted to make something more than just a typical proof of concept. A typical, modern day zombie shooter seemed pretty cliché… it needed a purpose and a grounding to Pennsylvania. Ben Franklin kind of wrote his own role.
Jason Morris, Royal Alchemist: Why not? Ben is a local legend, and his love of zombie fighting isn’t as well documented through history as his fondness for French “pastry”. We just figured it was time to show the side of the story that people don’t usually get to see.