The upcoming Pride Run video game from developers IV Productions, allows you to dance off and show your true colours at Pride events across the globe, including San Francisco, Berlin, Madrid, Istanbul, Moscow, and more. (Unfortunately, a bonus level set in Dublin is not currently in the works.)
The aim of the video game, which is a Dance-Dance Revolution inspired rhythm tracker, is to keep the Pride parades marching to the beat by following the button commands on screen.
You will also be tasked with dancing off against various “enemies of Pride.” These include the Orange Chief himself, Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Tom of Finland-esque police officer, among others.
The released trailer informs viewers that the game is “inspired by the Pride parades, events and characters from all over the world over the last 50 years.”
It continues: “It was created by a team of various sexual orientations, gender identities and beliefs.”
Ivan Venturi, IV Productions’ CEO and Game Director, said in a release statement: “We’re a diverse development team, and many of us have been lucky enough to attend different Prides around the world.
“We felt it was about time someone took the sheer energy, passion and extravagance that emanates from these celebrations of LGBTQ+ culture beyond attendees and out into the wider world.
“Players who successfully grow their parades will then be tasked with taking on a boss in a one-on-one dance duel, with the victor taking control of the city – and, in the end, the world.”
Ivan Merritt, Head of Developer Relations at the game’s publishing company, Green Man Gaming, is quoted in an article by Pink News: “The game focuses on rhythm, taking the beat that defines many a march and making it a foundation of play.”
As a part of the game’s launch, Merritt has stated that Green Man Gaming is exploring ways to support LGBT+ charities who align with the company’s values of inclusivity and diversity.
The Pride Run video game will be released on PC and is expected to land on Steam in autumn. The music featured in the game is by Italian disco-metal duo Hard Ton.
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