Return of Aetheria: Rise of Nether marks the end of the game series from the School of Informatics and Computing production course.
They’ve done it again! The production class at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is back with a third and final installment of the multi-platform, alternate reality game – Return of Aetheria.
The students of the New Media N485 class in the Media Arts and Science program are unveiling the last of the three part series Return of Aetheria: Rise of Nether at Indy PoPCon, June 26-28 at the Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.
“It is going to be bittersweet this year,” said Mathew Powers, professor of the N485 class. “It has been a great experience for the students. They got a taste of a real-world project, and how much that goes into it. They spent many hours, as did faculty, getting it ready, everything from character development and strategy to artwork, and integrating the technology. A lot of hard work and it will be over in just a few short days.”
The second in the series Return of Aetheria: War of Realms was introduced at PoPCon last year, and ended with the Earth Realm in chaos and deceit. In the finale being presented this year, ‘Rise of Nether’, it is up to the player to master an element, help destroy Espir and Nether, and take back the realms!
PoPCon attendees will be able to play for free! The game is played on many platforms and involves mini-games and quests that take you from the main Return of Aetheria booth 262, outside to sites all around the convention. Prizes will be given out many times during the course of the game and there will be a create-your-own-bundle prize for the four highest scoring players.
Early sign-up is available on the Return of Aetheria website (returnofaetheria.org).
Get ready, master your element, and help us defeat the evil in Aetheria – Visit Booth 262!