The Russian government has drafted a commercially successful local game developer in order to create videogames that would promote patriotism and serve up the “historic truth” of the country’s past endeavors.
Russia’s Communications ministry and 1C, developer of games such as IL-2 Sturmovik and Red Orchestra, are already working on six flight simulator games, according to Russian website RiaNovosti. The main goal of the games would be to “to create low-cost educational and professional simulators for pilots, promote Russian information technology abroad, and increase Russia’s hi-tech exports.”
A budget of 720.0 million rubles (approximately $24.0 million U.S.) would be required to back the full project, of which the government would contribute 500.0 million rubles (approximately $16.6 million U.S.) and 1C 200.0 million rubles (approximately $6.7 million U.S.). The remaining 20.0 million rubles would come from “the government of Russia’s Khanty-Mansiysk region.”
The Kremlin has not signed off on the project as of yet though, even after 1C CEO Boris Nuraliev reportedly demoed a version to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. A Presidential aide, it was written, called the project “interesting,” but “was not sure whether it needed government support.”
Perhaps one of the games could feature the incredibly gigantic, and formerly top-secret, Russian-built Ekranoplans, which could skim across the water at speeds of 500 knots (about 575 MPH).