Fate of the World calls itself ‘a new kind of strategy game’. I wouldn’t disagree, as there aren’t many computer games that are profiled by both the respected scientific journal Nature and the gaming magazine Edge. Built out of existing climate models and data, Fate of the World puts the player in control of the world, either to solve climate change or let it run out of control. It’s been developed by games studio Red Redemption, and it’s out tomorrow.
The game is a complex simulation of politics, economics and the environment, with the player challenged to balance them across two centuries. Each decision impacts everything else, from population to sea levels, umemployment or forestry cover.
It’s an interesting idea, putting the facts of climate change into an interactive format. I can imagine that being able to watch the consequences of each decision unfold would be quite educational, and hopefully they brought the fun in equal measure. I might even play it myself.
For more information, check out fateoftheworld.net, or watch the trailer below.