One look at Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta, and it’s virtually impossible to not think that you’re looking at a cheap knock-off of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series. However, I’d like to tell you why the game is still worth knowing about.
That reason? Unearthed is being developed by Semaphore, and is the first Arabic game to hit the PS3. (The game is also listed as hitting every other platform you can think of: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox Live Arcade, and WiiWare. If it’ll actually hit all of those platforms is another question.)
Yes, Unearthed is shameless in its inspiration, and at this point, it’s still looking rather rough. It’s also a game being developed in an area of the world where not a lot of game development has or is taking place. If you look at the rise of game development in various parts of the world, often those efforts start with building upon the success or concepts of popular games from other regions – it’s far easier to start that way then trying to come up with a completely original project on your own.
Where you go from there is what really matters. So, while Unearthed may not be the most original way to start, hopefully it will lead to an expansion of game development for countries that have previously not taken part in the global video game development community. If so, then future efforts can be more original and unique – something which will bring a better sense of diversity to the gaming market.