Russian Studio Pixonic has made game dev Andrey Kvasov a DLC character within their mobile game War Robots to help pay for a prosthetic arm.
in 2019, Andrey was working at Pixonic as IT support when he ended up in an accident whilst on holiday in the Dominican Republic. He ended up losing his left arm, ear, and fingers on his right hand.
It was an unfortunate accident however when he returned to work, Andrey’s development team decided to cheer him up by making him a character in their latest game. Andry recalls this on a blog post on Pikabu which was translated by VGC.
“Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a character in a computer game.”
“So when, on my first day in the office after the accident, my colleague Karina came up to me and said: “Listen, Andrey, don’t you want to be a pilot? We can rethink your story and somehow put it into the game?” I didn’t even consider refusing.”
He was added as a pilot in War Robots who’s backstory was based on Andrey’s own tragic tale. As who can imagine, he was more than happy.
“In the story, I am a veteran of the DSC faction who went through many battles, in one of the battles I covered a friend and almost died. I was rescued by my comrades but lost an arm. Despite this, I kept a positive attitude and was brought back into action after rehabilitation and the creation of special armor.”
“I thought it was an inspiring re-imagining of a tragic story. My character teaches players to keep their spirits up no matter what,”
And if that’s not enough of a surprise, it turns out that the money that players were purchasing the DLC with was actually going to get Andrey a prosthetic arm. The DLC character in the game was then updated so that his own mechanical arm would match.
It was a very sweet gesture from Pixonic and we wish the Russian studio, the game dev, his game self, and his prosthetic arm the best of luck in the future.
War Robots is available for Mobile Devices.