Lately, we got to see numerous titles touching upon religious themes and figures and switching them to video games, namely SimulaM with their recent I am Jesus Christ and Noah’s Ark. The most recent announcement comes from developer Majda Games and publisher Ultimate Games, Pope Simulator.
The game gives you the opportunity to step in the shoes of the highest figure of the Catholic Church, the leader of the Vatican, and a respected global position. Pope Simulator doesn’t follow a certain story, as it wants to give players the opportunity to run the Catholic Church as they see fit. Your decisions will influence multiple parties, address modern-day problems with modern-day solutions, and reshape the church’s ideology as much as you can.
You will have the freedom to explore whatever you see fit, “conducting evangelistic activities and pilgrimages.” CEO of Ultimate Games Mateusz Zawadzki commented on the released trailer alongside the announcement, and clarified it shows Pope Simulator in a “very preliminary stage.” The studio wanted to purely gauge the public’s opinion on what they had to offer to the world.
The works on the game are at a very preliminary stage, and the first trailer has been released for illustrative purposes. However, Pope Simulator is certainly a unique project demonstrating a serious approach to the subject and intended to offer players a lot of freedom and great opportunities to implement their own vision of papal activity in the virtual world.
As of the time of writing, the publisher Ultimate Games doesn’t have a set release window, nor the supported platforms at release, although they do have a steam page. Make sure to check out the trailer below for a better look on what Pope Simulator has to offer.
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