Syrian refugee tells his escape through a video game
CAIRO – 20 March 2019: A 23-year-old Syrian game developer has started working on a new PC game that tells his escape story from war-torn Syria to Austria.
In 2014, Abdullah Adnan Karam crossed the border into Turkey then started his journey across Europe.
After one year since his arrival to Austria, he met games developer Georg Hobmeier in Salzburg and the pair started working on what would become the PC/Mac game "Path Out".
"What the player is kind of playing is part of my story, let's say. My (personal) story had more action in it," Karam told Reuters Television.
Karam provided the story and Hobmeier's company Causa Creations, alongside Vienna-based firm Wobblersound and Austrian-American graphic designer Brian Main, worked on the technical side.
Players can choose different routes and meet different fates. "Remember guys, don't get me killed," Karam says in a promotional video.
The story starts before the war, letting players move Karam through his home, meeting friends and relatives, before the scene degenerates into a battlefield.