Posted on June 12, 2008, Stephany Velvet Assassin Details the Life of an ‘MI6′ Spy
Velvet Assassin is the new stealth-action game currently in development by Replay Studios and Gamecock set during World War II. It is inspired by the fascinating story and unbreakable spirit of British secret agent Violette Szabo, more about her in a moment though.
Players take control of “Violette Summer”, a beautiful spy deep behind enemy lines with no support or official backing from the British Government. Coming later in the year to the Xbox 360, the story behind the fictional Violette Summer is very interesting to say the least.
Born in Devon, England, she grew up in a happy family and had a great and active childhood. Initially, she started her working life in a beauty salon before the outbreak of war inspired her to move to London and join the weapon industry. It didn’t take too long for her to be noticed by the Secret Services; she was after all strikingly beautiful, athletic and had great attention to detail. It was only a formality that she was recruited into MI6 during Britain’s darkest hours.
As if inspiration was needed during those very bleak days, Violette had lost a close aunt during one of the first Luftwaffe bombing attacks and to further compound her terrible heartache she later lost her cherished RAF husband in battle. However, Violette was extremely strong willed and where many would have lost themselves to misery and mourning, she used these painful experiences to inspire her to succeed as a spy for the MI6.
Come late 2008 players will be able to help Violette Summer in her daring quests behind enemy lines.
Since this is supposedly inspired by Violette Szabo, I thought I would enlighten our readers a little bit by explaining what actually happened to the daring woman whose real-life story was the inspiration behind the game.
Violette was only 23 years old and working for the SOE when she was captured by the Gestapo in 1944. She was sent to Limoges prison where she was tortured, raped and brutally assaulted.
She endured being moved to eight different prisons before being sent back to Limoges prison in August 1944. While here, a rescue mission was planned to bust her out – but two hours before the rescue attempt, she was moved to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where as history tells us, 92,000 women died. While there, she was forced into hard labor and suffered from malnutrition and exhaustion like the rest of the women. She also endured three months at Konigsburg on the Russian Front.
Violette Szabo was executed on or about February 5, 1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was just 23 years old and would have turned 24 come June.
I sincerely hope that the game pays tribute to her in such a way that it lets the player know that the fantasy of the game compared to the reality of it is much more sad and heartbreaking than fun and exciting.
Via: Press Release