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  • Announcing Al Rekaz

    In 2013 we released our first game (Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta) on 10 platforms ranging from mobile (iOS/Android) to PC (Windows/Mac) to consoles (PS3/Ouya) and in 21 languages across all these platforms.   Unearthed was selected as Apple’s Editors Choice on the appstore and it......


In 2013 we released our first game (Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta) on 10 platforms ranging from mobile (iOS/Android) to PC (Windows/Mac) to consoles (PS3/Ouya) and in 21 languages across all these platforms.


Unearthed was selected as Apple’s Editors Choice on the appstore and it got featured as part of the Playstation Plus collection on the Asian PSN.


As our first project we got a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong with the game, user and critic reviews were highly mixed, and since then we have been working on developing the follow up (Now named Al Rekaz instead of Unearthed) and taking all aspects of production to next-gen quality standards as well as focusing on the current gen of consoles and PC.


We are not quite ready for sharing more about the game just yet. But trust us, we will get it right this time.


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When fortune hunter Faris Jawad and his sister Dania receive a call to visit Morocco they embark on an exotic adventure throughout the middle east on the trail of the famous Muslim explorer Ibn Battuta.
The trail won’t be clear however as Faris will have to overcome an unholy alliance of a militia army leader, a weapons dealer and a wealthy antiquities smuggler who are after the same goal.


  • Lighting: Global Illumination and color bleeding.
  • Rendering and Shading: AAA quality Physically Based Rendering to give all objects a realistic look throughout any time of day. Dedicated shading for Cloth, Skin, and Fur. Snow, Water and Dirt accumulation on terrain and objects. Parallax Occlusion Mapping on terrain gives it that extra depth.
  • Cinematic Post Processing: Film Quality post processing effects including Color Grading, Tone Mapping, Eye Adaptation, Sun shafts, Ambient Occlusion, Grain, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation, and Adaptive Depth of Field. Every single one of those effects can be turned on or off according to your liking.
  • Film Style Anti Aliasing: Temporal Anti Aliasing that prevents flickering while removing jagged edges. You also have the option of using FXAA or disabling anti aliasing altogether.
  • Adaptive Soundtrack: Music track that adapts to what you are doing in the game and changes the mood and intensity accordingly.
  • Animation: Character animations are based on motion capture data of a real actor and then enhanced with Inverse Kinematics to achieve greater integration with the world like foot placement on uneven terrain.
  • Destruction: Objects made of wood and clay will break and shatter based on the force you hit them with.
  • Touch Bending: Walking through ground level plants (Like short Palm Trees) will cause their leaves to dynamically bend and react to your physical presence.
  • Water Simulation: Walking through the water surfaces will cause ripples and waves based on the type of movement you did.
  • Dynamic Fire Propagation: Throwing a fire torch or a lantern on flammable surfaces like cloth and wood will cause fire to spread dynamically in the area.
  • Interactive Cloth: Cloth react to wind speed but in addition it will also be affect by physical objects or characters passing through them.
  • Metal Deformation: Like in real life, metal will bend and deform if gets shot or if it collides with other heavier objects.
  • Ultra High Definition 4K Support: High resolution textures ensure a crisp look that is carried over when you play in 4K. The user interface will also scale accordingly to show in a proper and readable way.
  • Fully Scalable: Choose from several quality presets or manually customize every single parameter to get the desired quality/performance combination you are after.


When is Badiya going to be released?

We are currently finishing up the last stages of Alpha 1 which will be released on Steam Early Access.

What Does Early Access mean?

Early Access is a category on Steam (steampowered.com) where you can get access to games while they are in development and before they are officially done with development.

The idea is that you as a player get to play the game early and get the chance to shape the product while it is being made. Developers on the other hand get a great opportunity to listen to the community feedback and develop the game to incorporate the community’s requests.

How much is Badiya going to cost?

During Early Access the price is going to be $20. The price of the full release however will be higher and it is advisable you get it during Early Access to get the lowest price for the game.

What languages is it available in?

Badiya will be available in both Arabic and English during Early Access but other languages may be added in the future.

Are you going to release it on consoles like Playstation 4 and Xbox One?

Badiya will be released on Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One when it exits Early Access on Steam in 2017.

Are you going to have a closed alpha? And can I be part of it?

We are planning to have a closed alpha prior the Alpha 1 release on Steam Early Access and we will be reaching out to certain members of the community for a chance to participate in that.

Does it support controllers on PC?

Controller support on PC is planned for future alphas.

Is key rebinding supported on PC?

Key rebinding on PC is planned for future alphas.

Does Badiya run on low end machines?

Badiya is very customizable, it can be adjusted to run on a wide variety of hardware configurations.

Does Badiya support 4K on PC?

Yes! Badiya fully supports 4K resolution on PC and the menus will scale nicely to fit with that.




Al Rekaz (The sequel to Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta) is currently under development.


You can buy (Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Battuta) on Steam here.

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