Ever since we first picked up word about TopWare Interactive's upcoming shooter Scivelation, we've been puzzled on how to speak about the game. Sure, we didn't know a ton about Scivelation itself other than a scant few words on the game's premise and a vague release window of Q3 2010, but we were much more troubled by the fact that we couldn't actually pronounce the title. So we asked TopWare Interactive managing director James Seaman to clarify the title's pronunciation, as well as to tell us a bit more about the game itself.
"Scivelation (Sigh-vuh-ley-shun) is a contraction of two words; Science and Revelation. Thus, Scivelation deals with a Scientific Revelation within the universe that we've created," Seaman told Joystiq. And while the setting (a "post-Apocalyptic" world) has been done a few times recently, he promised us a different take on the backdrop with Scivelation, and even cited Phillip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein as inspiration. "Though Scivelation deals with issues of societal breakdown and the world in chaos, humanity has reached the pinnacle of technological advancements. This combination of science fiction and dystopian society comes from our great love of many classic literary works." It remains to be seen whether or not TopWare Interactive's upcoming game will impress us, but at least now we know how to say its name correctly. Read Seaman's whole explanation of Scivelation after the break.
"Scivelation is a contraction of two words; Science and Revelation. Thus, Scivelation deals with a Scientific Revelation within the universe that we've created. Though the details of this revelation cannot be revealed at this time, when it becomes apparent to both the main characters and the player, it will emphatically shake their understanding and interpretation of the Scivelation universe to its core. Additionally, it also helps describes the overall situation of the world.
Most games set in a post-Apocalyptic setting often portray the world with a level of degradation. Be it a nuclear holocaust, zombie apocalypse, or environmental catastrophe, these games place humanity in a state of technological and societal decline. Though Scivelation deals with issues of societal breakdown and the world in chaos, humanity has reached the pinnacle of technological advancements. This combination of science fiction and a dystopian society comes from our great love of many classic literary works. We have striven intensely to pay homage to Orwell, Milton, and Dante as well as the Science Fiction genius of Robert A. Heinlein and Phillip Kindred Dick. These two genres work in tandem to help us create a perfect backdrop for our story."