Nero a tribute to the late war hero | Sunday Observer

Nero a tribute to the late war hero

Arimac, a premier digital solutions company in Sri Lanka is gearing to launch Nero, a new multi-platform, third-person shooter game. Nero was inspired by Sri Lankan sniper, Ranjith Madalana, currently among the ten greatest snipers in the world. The launch marks a milestone in the history of game development in Sri Lanka. It's the biggest game to be launched in the country.

The team behind Nero highlights the fact that the game was not created to promote war and violence in Sri Lanka but as a tribute to the late war hero via a fictional story line.

The launch will also feature comic books and a number of exciting Nero-branded merchandise such as T-shirts and collectables.

The Arimac game development team lead by Director and Head of Game Development Thilina Premasiri, includes a group of local talent. Utilizing Arimac’s Interactive Development Framework (AIDF), which is pioneering technology founded by the company itself, Nero, will feature high-quality, striking graphic environments mimicking various visually-stimulating landscapes in Sri Lanka. Gamers’ will be transported through a thrilling 3D journey with the game’s main character, Nero, as he navigates through cinematic swamps and thick forest, to get to his targets before getting to take them down with bulls-eye precision, exhilarating and satisfying at the same time.

According to global gaming statistics forecast by New Zoo for 2018 the expected growth for global markets was a staggering USD 135 billion, spent by 2.3 billion gamers across the globe . It was forecast that the rate of consumers to spend on games will grow up to USD180.1 billion by 2021.

Although Sri Lanka is still at the infant stage in the gaming industry, Arimac has invested more than Rs 30 million on Nero, with the hope of making the country a global hot spot for gaming.

Arimac expects Nero to follow the success of Kanchayudha, a PC game released in 2016 extremely successfully. Set in an ancient Sinhalese era, Kanchayudha recreated iconic local characters and events from the past and was one of the largest games to be developed in Sri Lanka at the time.

Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Arimac Digital, Chamira Jayasinghe said, “Nero aims to further disrupt and revolutionise the game development industry in Sri Lanka. With Kanchayudha, the foundation was laid for local game developers, motivating them to showcase their talents and improve their game developing skills. We believe that the introduction of Nero will set the tone for the community to enter the international gaming arena and will dispel the concerns of those willing to opt for the Triple-A (AAA) game development industry since it typically involves a big budget and a large team.”

Arimac Digital will be donating 10% of the project revenue to the Sri Lanka Army and also to the family of Ranjith Madalana.

Founded in 2011, Arimac Digital delivers high-quality customised digital solutions that cover game mobileand enterprise, artificial intelligence and machine learning, immersive technologies, game design and development. The company bears claim to a diverse investment portfolio and its own in-house ecosystem to support a high-end client portfolio. For more information, visit www.arimaclanka.com.

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