A new edutainment game is currently in development, which focuses on teaching teenagers about ancient history. Past4Ward has licensed the rights to Rome Reborn, a detailed 3D model of the historic city, to create the first module of a history education game to be used in schools.
The Rome Reborn model will be integrated into a wider ancient history education tool for middle and high school students. Creating an immersive experience based on the popular Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) video game genre, the game is set to become a supplement to traditional textbook learning. Read More...
The Rome Reborn 3D model contains more than 7,000 buildings and covers more than 34 square kilometres (or 13 square miles). It features more than 30 sites in ancient Rome around 320 A.D., including the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Forum, the Pantheon and the surrounding buildings that make up the city.
“We are extremely excited to be working with Past4Ward in providing the historical architecture that will become a new format to teach kids about ancient Rome,” said Joel Myers, CEO, Past Perfect Productions, in a news release. “A video game of this nature, used in classrooms, combines a stimulating and entertaining learning process with the strengths and familiarity of communications tools students use in their everyday lives, from PlayStations to the Internet.”
The Rome Reborn project was developed by a team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Over the last three years, the project has been further developed by Past Perfect Productions, a Rome, Italy-based company that reconstructs archaeological and historic sites from around the globe using state-of-the-art virtual reality techniques.