While PopCap Games is content to leave all unpleasantries to its 4th & Battery division, the good-hearted portion of the company is helping to enrich the life of 9-year old Owain Weinert, according to Kotaku. Partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, who have a long history of helping children stricken with life-threatening illnesses to realize their dreams, PopCap has recruited young Owain as lead designer on an upcoming iOS game called Allied Star Police.

Allied Star Police is a sci-fi real-time strategy game where you play as a base commander who must deploy “automated battle machines” and “targeted ballistic ordnance” in an effort to fight of a race of aliens known as the Flamions. GameSetWatch reports that Owain, who was diagnosed with Leukemia last year, has been visiting the Seattle-based PopCap Games every week helping to create Allied Star Police. You can see one of these visits in a clip from Q13 Fox News who recently reported on the story:

Allied Star Police is still under development and could be as much as a few months from releasing, and PopCap has stated that 100% of the proceeds from the game will go right back into the Make-A-Wish foundation. We wish Owain luck in his new endeavor as a game designer, and we’ll let you know when the game is released in the App Store. There is currently a thread discussing Allied Star Police in our forums, as well.

[Via Kotaku and GameSetWatch]

  • Matt

    This is great :) What a lovely story!

  • http://twitter.com/SPeitsch Sebastian Peitsch

    Thanks for posting this.

    Just last week I ran past "Kyle the frenzied" in Bloodhoof village in World of Warcraft.

    Stuff like this really does matter.

  • http://twitter.com/jakubnesetril Jakub Nesetril

    Wow, PopCap, hats off to you! Many other companies wouldn't dare to do what you did. I'll certainly look for the game when it's published.

  • http://twitter.com/Quantum_Sheep Quantum Sheep

    Astounding! Great, great stuff.

    I look forward to playing it!

    QS :D

  • http://beyondtap.com koyut

    Kudos to PopCap and Make A Wish foundation.

  • thewiirocks

    Sold! Just tell me when it comes out.

    Good luck to you, Owain! Keep using every day to its finest!

  • SMP

    Aw man......... I;

  • Guest

    Looking forward to the people who leave 1 star ratings and distasteful comments, making the kid want to die just that much quicker.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      This thread did nicely without your tasteless statement.

      • Guest

        I was being sarcastic, moron.

  • BrazilianRider

    This kid seems A LOT smarter than his age? How old were you when you learned what an "RTS" was?

    • Eric

      9 years, 5 months, and 7 days. I remember my brother walking through the door with a launch copy of Starcraft. That day changed my life.

  • Rudeboy690

    Amazing....there is still hope, there are still some good people in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    That's wonderful. And look, games can be made without profit margins and bottom lines involved. I bet the game is fun, kids have great ideas.

  • Thisisntrealemail

    Wonderful post. The video is heartwarming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    I'll be buying it day one when it hits, see how quickly we all can make and keep it at #1 on the app store leaderboards :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000466725810 Dan Short

    PopCap is such a wonderful company for the industry. Seems like a great place to work as well.