Xbox Game Lets Sick Kids Battle ‘Cancer’ for Charity

Source: PC Magazine / ANGELA MOSCARITOLO

Spending long periods of time sick in a hospital is never fun — especially for kids. But an upcoming 3D adventure game aims to make their stays a little more bearable.

Dubbed I, Hope, the indie game, slated to be released in 2017 on Xbox One, was specifically designed to help young patients “take their mind off long hospital stays and difficult treatments — all while having a blast,” Microsoft announcedThursday.

Designed by Kenny Roy from Los Angeles-based game studio Arconyx in partnership with the European Anomalia animation community and the GameChanger charity, I, Hope tells the story of a young girl named Hope who is struggling to defeat “cancer,” a mysterious evil creature that has ravaged her beautiful island homeland.

During her journey, Hope will “attain the weapons, knowledge, and courage needed to defeat the monster” as she travels through “different floating fantasy islands” and encounters “various perils” along the way. Best of all: 100 percent of the game’s profits will go to supporting children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

“I wanted to bring uplifting virtual experiences to people who really need it — and that’s kids fighting for their lives in hospitals,” Roy said in a statement. “As much as I love Shoot ‘Em Ups, big explosions, and arcade experiences, I believe that games can be so much more. There are real positive experiences to gain from gaming, and I wanted the public to experience that.”

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