The Path Of Motus Announcement

Posted on 29 Mar 2018

The Path Of Motus is a game about bullying. Game designer Michael Hicks has taken his own experiences with bullying and made a game where you play as a goblin who wants to build bridges through the forest but gets bullied for it along the way. It sounds absolutely bizarre when described and watching the trailer up there just adds to the surreal feeling so give it a look.


Official Press Release

A Game Where Words Destroy: New ‘Path of Motus’ Trailer Released

St. Louis, Missouri – March 29th, 2018 – Game designer Michael Hicks has released a new trailer for The Path of Motus, a game about bullying where words have the power to destroy. The game features a young goblin named Motus who is determined to build bridges through a forest his village is trapped in. However, his perseverance is soon tested, as he meets bullies that use their own words to stop him. Motus will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam later this year.

The new trailer reveals several new features, including a new character in the story: Motus’ father. At 6 years old, Motus’ attempt at bridge building is belittled by his father, who proclaims his creations as a “waste of time” and “unrealistic.” As the story progresses, Motus will gradually grow into an adult and discover the deeper reasons for his father’s actions. This complicated father-son relationship is one of many opportunities where players can explore the motivations of others.

“In a time where bullying is on the rise, I designed this game to teach both resilience and empathy. I want players to understand how it feels to be bullied, and explore ways of dealing with it through gameplay”, explains Hicks.

A lot of Hicks’ own experiences with bullying are in this game, and ironically, teaching himself to make video games has given him an outlet to deal with it. On top of the game’s message, he hopes to give back in other ways: “I’ve started a Youtube channel where I show people how to make their own games. At the end of my video series, viewers will make their own video game that can be released on PC and consoles!” You can find these videos on The Path of Motus website.

The Path of Motus will make its first official public appearance at PAX East next week. Players and press alike are invited to drop by the Indie Minibooth (booth #17070) to meet Michael and play the game. The game will only be showed for the first two days of the event: April 5th and 6th. Press appointments can be made by emailing press@michaelarts.net.

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