Frogwares, a Ukrainian game development studio known for horror and mystery games like The Sinking City and Sherlock Holmes, announced a campaign for their Kickstarter — three random messages will be placed on weaponry used in the Ukrainian resistance.
Posting on Twitter, Frogwares announced their Kickstarter campaign to fundraise their upcoming game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened. To help out with the fundraising, they’ve recruited the help of the 24th Separate Assault Battalion, Ukrainian soldiers fighting against the Russian incursion.
People who like and retweet the campaign tweet will be entered into a raffle, and three random winners will be allowed to create a message that will be written on the casing of a 152mm howitzer shell — explosive ordnance used for warfighting.
“Message can be anything you want, but subject to our team’s approval. Winners will each get a photo of their message on a shell, proudly presented by our troops.” Frogwares stated.
While there were some messages of support, there were an equal number of messages expressing disdain at using a video game campaign to support war efforts. It should be noted, however, that Ukrainians are facing extreme conditions as a result of the Russian invasion, with a civilian death toll of at least 5500 (which is likely an undercount, according to United Nations’ sources).
Prior to the war, Frogwares became famous for their line of Sherlock Holmes titles. However, it truly exploded in the gaming sphere with its Lovecraftian detective game The Sinking City, which featured open-world investigations throughout the fictional town of Oakmont. The game features a sanity mechanic, where if a player witnesses too many disturbing moments, their environment can become distorted (and the outcome will be possibly fatal.)
The war on Ukraine doesn’t just affect Ukrainian developers. Many companies worldwide have banded together to avoid selling products to Russia, or exclude Russians from participating in events. For example, the next FIFA game, FIFA 23, will see Russian football teams excluded from selection.