Take a look at the following image:
Doesn’t that look a bit like Uncharted, but with a distinct Middle Eastern flare? That’s because that’s exactly what Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta is. It’s a clone of the Naughty Dog classic, with a unique twist. The Saudi Arabian developer, Semaphore, is using Uncharted as their inspiration for this game in virtually every way possible. That’s not a bad thing, I mean honestly everyone has to start somewhere. What’s so interesting is that this title will still skip the Xbox 360, instead being released on virtually every platform except the 360 including PC, Mac, iPad/iPhone, Android devices, PS3, etc. Semaphore has released a pre-alpha video of the game which we have for you here.
We don’t have a lot of story details at the moment, but what we do know is that explorer Faris Jawad is searching for the hidden treasure of Ibn Battuta. Obviously there will be tons of people who try to stop Faris along the way.
For those that don’t know the Saudi region is really starting to get into game development in a big way, and this looks to be one the highest profile games coming out of the region.