‘A Badass Group Of Saudi Women’ Finally Get To Drive In This Video Game
A mobile game is breaking tradition by allowing Saudi women to zoom around a post-apocalyptic world on motorcycles and revolt against tyrannical leaders.
Saudi Girls Revolution is being created by NA3M, a company started by Saudi Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud, the grandson of King Salman’s brother. NA3M stands for New Arab Media and also means “yes” in Arabic.
The game begins after a resource war wipes out three-fourths of the world’s population. “The one city untouched by war: Riyadh, rich with water. After the death of the king, unrest leads to brutal government camps for women,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
Out out of oppression rise eight heroines dressed in traditional abayas, or full-length black robes, driving tricked-out motorbikes and fighting evil leaders amid harsh terrain.
Characters were designed to reflect Saudi society. “Um Bandar is the wise, elderly ringleader who teaches women to fight for themselves. Asma and Allanoud are twins who push against religious sectarianism. Hussa is gay; Leila is from the disconnected upper class of society,” according to the WSJ.
Although an apparent jab to the country’s strict no-driving policies for women, Fahad told the WSJ the game isn’t political, rather meant to inspire equal roles between women and men.
Saudi Girls Revolution is intended to highlight social issues and encourage women to become involved in developing games, helping them “believe that they can be the protagonists of their own stories,” according to NA3M’s website.
The company released the game’s trailer, a heroine’s abaya flowing in the wind while she stands next to her motorcycle and overlooks treacherous landscape.
The game is due to be released as a free app on the Apple and Google stores later this year. It will be accompanied by a digital comic book, telling the stories of the characters’ backgrounds, according to the WSJ.
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