Cali4ways Games has started work on their very first title: A 2D fighter game, “Boet Fighter”.
There is a desire to inject some local flavour into video games, which has been made possible by a group of professional enthusiasts establishing their own video game company. Last week, team members of Cali4ways Games announced the official launch of their new studio. A local independent developer located in Fourways, Johannesburg.
In a statement, Cali4ways lead artist, Louis du Pisani, said that taking the plunge from an after hours’ hobby to full time game developers has been terrifying, and it still terrifying. Du Pisani and the team are not, however, wasting time in developing the studio’s first game title.
In Boet Fighter, gamers will get to play and follow the adventures of characters, Hard Eddy and Mod-C, as they look for clues surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a woman. Boet Fighter has undergone planning for some time now. The idea for the game dates back more than a year with the team looking to parody and comment on stereotypical South African masculinity, as well as the local middle class culture.
There is a notable voice cast behind the characters, as Mod-C will be voiced by local comedian and guest star on Trevor Noah’s show Nationwild, Mo Mothebe. The game itself is fighting-based and will include a multiplayer, where two players will be able to play together and defeat the bad guys.
The South African video game industry is a small and dedicated community. As a relatively new sector of the economy, the business faces numerous challenges when it comes to funding and infrastructure. Event LANs and conventions are helping to encourage support from fans. This could lead to real companies and real, fun games.
According to Cali4ways Games, Boet Fighter is expected to be released sometime in August 2019.