These are preliminary sketches of Ain, our MC, and Haruka, their love interest. Click on the image for the full view, please!
WHAT IS ARKH?
Tired of your 50 millionth zombie survival horror? Tired of Final Fantasy doing another steampunk-y high fantasy game with the same character and story model? Want something so completely off the beaten track that we are appealing directly to its fanbase to help it live?
You’re in the right place.
Follow the story of a deity bored with life amongst the gods, who leaves to find a purpose in life and seek out a lost love. Reincarnate your deity onto numerous worlds, live through the lives of others and gain life experience…but watch your God Energy, you need a lot of it to continue your astral journey.
Fight monsters only you can see, sometimes around very particular civilians who refuse to get the heck out of your way. Collect world-specific plants to enhance your healing items, and acquire numerous different kinds of weapons and scrolls from all different cultures.
The game draws inspiration from real mythos, from all sorts of different cultures, and each world reflects the culture it draws from.
What is Arkh NOT?
Arkh is not here to focus on all identities that exist. It has a specific and intense focus on marginalized identities.
This game is not the game to watch if you would like to see a lot of cis straight white characters. This game isn’t the one to play if you want to see one or two queer people or one or two brown people to spice up the variety.
Those games exist already. For the latter, many companies are coming out with the resident token brown person, the resident token queer.
The point of this game is to show that we’re tired of being tokens. We want to be the main characters, the supporting characters, the focus. This story is about the marginalized, the fetishized, and the tokenized.
Lastly, I will say this: Before we can discuss equal representation within an individual game, we need to address the already disproportionate numbers of privileged focused games to all other games.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, get excited.