An early access fighting game featuring Jesus, Buddha, and other religious figureheads is expected to stir up controversy as they duke it out mano a mano, Mortal Kombat style.
Available for purchase for $4.79, the game is now out on Steam with the official description:
“Your prayers have been answered! For the first time ever, gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe and throughout history will clash in an explosive 2D fighter where the entire world is at stake! Who will emerge victorious from the most destructive combat tournament the universe has ever witnessed?”
Created by Taiwanese studio Digital Crafter and published by PQube, “Fight of Gods” also features Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu, Greek Pantheon leader Zeus, Egyptian god of death Anubis, and the Norse god Odin.
In the trailer “The Return of Jesus”, which many Christian followers may find sacrilegious, a muscular version of the Prince of Peace is shown doing attack combos and pummeling opponents in different power moves.
“Jesus and Buddha punch the holy $*!% out of each other in FIGHT OF GODS! Prepare for Immortal Kombat!” said the press release for Fight of Gods, according to Eurogamer.
While there have been a plethora of games that feature gods and deities as playable characters, such as the wildly popular God of War franchise, most have opted to stay away from entities which are revered in currently existing religions.
Like many indie titles, the game seems basic in comparison to its peers in the AAA fighting genre; yet despite its mediocre aesthetics and uninspired gameplay, early reviews from buyers have been largely positive.
“Great background, well-made characters, nice sound effects, and soundtracks. Way better than I expected,” a Steam customer wrote.
“I bought this game expecting to get a few belly laughs from its outlandishness,” another player commented. “Instead I ended up with a decently competent (and apparently totally earnest) fighting game.”
The creators are welcoming input on which gods, goddesses, deities, and religious beings should be added next.