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Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® is a Third Person Action Game on which you play as Ahmad al-Falastini, a young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years, had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike and now, after getting out from the prison, seeks revenge against those who wronged him, killed his family and stolen his homeland, by joining a new Palestinian Resistance Movement called Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque®. Fursan al-Aqsa® is a Registered Trademark of Nidal Nijm Games © 2021, all rights reserved.

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Developer:
udkultimate
Based in Brazil

Release date:
Coming 4 weeks

Platforms:
Windows
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3

Website:
fursanaqsa.com

Available From:
Free - itch.io

Description

Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® is a Third Person Action Game on which you play as Ahmad al-Falastini, a young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years, had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike and now, after getting out from the prison, seeks revenge against those who wronged him, killed his family and stolen his homeland, by joining a new Palestinian Resistance Movement called Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque®. Fursan al-Aqsa® is a Registered Trademark of Nidal Nijm Games © 2021, all rights reserved.

History

About the Game

Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® is a game which addresses the Israel x Palestine conflict from a Palestinian perspective, breaking the cliché of portraying Muslim and Arabs as Terrorists, Bandits, Villains and the Americans/Israelis as the "Good Guys" and "Heroes" of History. This is the first game in the games industry which addresses such a sensitive topic, in a realistic way, showing the other side of history, which is very unknown by people, mostly here on west. I am a brazilian muslim, son of a Palestinian Resistance Fighter, and I always wanted to tell the history of my father, and the history of my people, the palestinian people and their resistance against oppression. Through this game I want to show to the whole World that Fighting for Freedom is NOT Terrorism, Fighting for Life is NOT Terrorism, Fighting for Protecting the Homeland is NOT Terrorism, Fighting against the Oppressor and its Savagery, which kills innocent children and civilians, is NOT Terrorism, that Palestinian Resistance is NOT Terrorism!

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The Team

This game is being developed since 2017 by one person (me, Nidal Nijm, an Unreal Engine Licensed Developer), in a modified version of the UDK Engine (Unreal Engine 3). But I can say that the project as a whole was born in 2009, whenever I started my studies (alone) on game development. But at that time I used another engine, the FPS Creator Engine. However, the game in its current form was born in August 2017.

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Gameplay and Story details

Story - You play as Ahmad al-Falastini, a young Palestinian Student who was unjustly tortured and jailed by Israeli Soldiers for 5 years, had all his family killed by an Israeli Airstrike and now, after getting out from the prison, seeks revenge against those who wronged him, killed his family and stolen his homeland, by joining a new Palestinian Resistance Movement called Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque®. During his stay in prison, Ahmad met the leader of that group, Abu Ubayda, and learned about the story behind Fursan al-Aqsa group, that this group was preparing a major military operation against Israel, "Operation Muhammad al-Falastini", however, the Mossad (National Intelligence Agency of Israel) was aware of this Operation, which resulted in its failure, the death of all its members and arrest of its leader, Abu Ubayda. Ahmad, decides to complete this Operation alone, which is when he receives all the instructions from the mission by Abu Ubayda, who reveals to Ahmad the location of a backpack with some equipment that will help him in this mission. Then the game starts.

Gameplay - Being a gamer since when I know myself, I looked for inspiration in the best action games in the industry, in addition to the inspirations I already mentioned at the beginning. The game draws heavily inspiration from the Classics Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark (N64), with many mission objectives to complete on each "Mission", such as destroying security cameras, sabotaging some israeli equipment, finding documents that reveal more details about the game’s plot, planting bombs, invading Israeli bases, finding and murdering a specific enemy, rescuing Palestinian Civilians, hijacking vehicles, taking down planes, and so on.

I also looked for inspiration in the Hitman series and Mission Impossible (N64), where some missions require the player to disguise himself to access some areas of the map, talk to some NPC, to progress in the mission.

I also want to mention the inspiration I sought in Dark Souls series, as the game has a very high level of difficulty, however, without being frustrating.

And after the excellent feedback I received from the first Demo I released in 2020, I added the Bullet Time effect, in the best Max Payne style, and if well used by the player, can compensate for the elevated difficulty. Also, in another update I added the ability to switch the view between first and third person, following the request of many gamers who tested the demo.

Features

  • Third-Person Shooter
  • Intense Urban Warfare Combat
  • Many Gameplay Modes
  • Ranking System
  • Realistic Weapons
  • Driveable Vehicles
  • Missions across real places in Palestine
  • Local Split-Screen Multiplayer
  • Xbox 360® Gamepad support on PC
  • Classical Palestinian Resistance Songs
  • Tactical Espionage Action
  • Stealth Mechanics
  • Alternate between 1st / 3rd Person View

Videos

Fursan al-Aqsa - Official Announcement Trailer - Arabic Version YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa - Official Gameplay Trailer - English YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa - The History of Palestine - English Trailer YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa - Official History Trailer - English YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa Mission 1 Teaser YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa Mission 2 Teaser YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa Mission 3 Teaser YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa Mission 4 Teaser YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa Mission 5 Teaser YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa - Official Announcement Trailer - I'm NOT Terrorist YouTube

Fursan al-Aqsa - Updated Demo Release Trailer YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Top 100 Indie Games of 2019" - IndieDB
  • "Top 100 Indie Games of 2020" - IndieDB
  • "Selected for Showcase - GameSlam 2020" - IndieCade
  • "Selected for Showcase - Virtual Indie Games Fest 2021" - BostonFig
  • "Selected for IGF 2021 Competition" - Independent Games Festival
  • "Excellence Award - Game of the Year 2021 Competition" - The Rookies

Selected Articles

  • "Fursan al-Aqsa immediately harkens back to classic shooters - it always feels dangerous and tense. I'm really impressed with the quality of the animations - Ahmad's actions all look amazingly fluid and natural, even with the game's throwback vibe. This is a seriously terrific piece of work as well as an important perspective that we have never seen in a shooter before."
    - Ian Boudreau, freelance game journalist, Personal Twitter Profile

Monetization Permission

udkultimate allows for the contents of Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be published through video broadcasting services for any commercial or non-commercial purposes. Monetization of videos created containing assets from Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is legally & explicitly allowed by udkultimate. This permission can be found in writing at https://www.indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/presskit.


Promotional Videos
Promotional Videos: indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/videos.

Promotional Images
Promotional Images: indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/images.

Press Kit Art Assets
Press Kit Art Assets: mega.nz/file/w9VB3QCK#djy8zzbGL9x8sn94qlI0CGy-6TPaDeAW_KX-cl_txG0.

Demo Download
Demo Download: indiedb.com/games/fursan-al-aqsa-knights-of-al-aqsa-mosque/downloads.

MP4 Trailers
All trailers in original MP4 HD 1080p High Quality: mega.nz/folder/I4dhnSSQ#v8sWzicj132MhZYHYtTyyw.

Steam Store Page
Steam Store Page: tiny.cc/fursanaqsa-steam.


About udkultimate

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Muslim 🕋, Husband 👳‍♂️🧕, Father 👧, Game Developer 🎮 Making Fursan al-Aqsa: The Knights of the Al-Aqsa Mosque® and pissing off zionists around the world 🤣 Nidal Nijm Games is a Solo Indie Game Development Studio focused on creating games that show the Other Side of History. I am a Brazilian, son of Palestinian Immigrants, Muslim. My father is an ex-fighter of Palestinian Resistance, he fought for the Independence of Palestinian State. From since childhood I felt too much proud of my father and the Palestine People in general, because of their Strength and Constant Resistance. As a kid, my father always encouraged me to the field of technology, especially games. And being an avid gamer since my childhood, I always dreamed to play a game on which we, Arabs, Muslims, were the Heroes, instead of “Terrorists”. So I decided that I would become a game creator to develop the games I wanted to play.

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