Today marks an important milestone for Montreal studio Manavoid Entertainment, which officially releases its game Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, produced in association with Skybound Games.
This is an adventure exploration game that combines action and puzzle for everyone. The protagonist Billy is described as kind, shy, cheerful, and non-binary. Equipped with a talking fishing pole, Billy and his friends travel through four worlds, encouraging those they meet to be themselves and show their true colors. With listening and compassion, they befriended about sixty creatures during peaceful encounters. Together, they restore color to a world turned gray and monochromatic by the evil Leviathan.
“Rainbow Billy is a game where positivity and benevolence are strengths in a stressful and conflictive world,” said Chris Chancey, ManaVoid Founder, President and CEO. “It touches on various themes: bullying, the search for identity, dialogue and listening are at the heart of the progression of the character in the game. It shows that empathy and openness to listen and understand someone. One can mark the difference”. In short, it evokes the universal history of the passage to adulthood during which we must combine with the changes accepting ourselves and the people around us.
Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan, Heralding a New Era
According to the businessman, Rainbow Billy could be a pioneer in his industry. “The time has come for games where mutual help, kindness, inclusion and diversity are at the center of attention. In 2019, the popular video game convention E3 revealed that only 19% of the video games featured were non-violent. However, the problems can be solved in another way. With Rainbow Billy, we value a healthy and positive attitude, as well as the beauty of being unique. It highlights topics that are close to our hearts such as representation, acceptance, diversity and inclusion ”.
ManaVoid demonstrates precisely those values within its team, which includes employees from a multitude of communities that represent diversity. “Since our inception in 2014, we have insisted on the importance of focusing above all on people,” explains Chris Chancey. Additionally, our two co-directors, Pascal Natafet Kim Berthiaume, come from immigrant and multicultural families. And we advocate for measures such as the four-day workweek, lunches and dinners in the community dining room, four weeks of vacation hiring, telemedicine service, comprehensive group insurance and a retirement savings plan ”.
Those who had the opportunity to discover the demo version of Rainbow Billy have multiplied the praises for it: “Game that offers a lot of fun”, “Highly recommended”, “Visually enchanting world” and “Family adventure full of fantasy and fun. Joy to put definitely on your radar. ”Rainbow Billy is available for PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One for a price ranging from $ 34.99 to $ 39.99 depending on the platform and takes about 25 hours to complete. In the ManaVoid catalog, it joins Epic Manager, a title released in 2016 that cleverly combines elements of adventure, management and role-playing games.