Hamburg-based studio Daedalic has partnered with the German Adult Education Association to produce a game to fight illiteracy.
According to a recent study, there are approximately four million 'functional illiterates' in Germany, meaning they have 'severe problems reading, writing and calculating'. The project aims to help them improve their literacy 'in a playful manner'.
The game is part of the Alphabit project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and also involves the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research, the German Institute for Adult Education and the Adult Education Association.
"Early-on, we have made the development of serious games a part of our business," said Carsten Fichtelmann, MD of Daedalic.
"Daedalic Entertainment is focused on producing and marketing games with a strong narrative bent. Such games are ideally suited for educational purposes and this exciting project takes us a significant step further in expanding this part of our business."