Factsheet

Developer:
Surprise Attack Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
Coming Soon

Platforms:
PC
Steam

Website:
orwell-ignorance.com

Regular Price:

Full GameTBC

Description

The second season of the award-winning surveillance thriller, Orwell. Coming soon for PC, Mac and Linux, the game turns its gaze to explore power and democracy in a post-truth world.

Inspired by the rise of fake news, the social media echo chamber and the death of “truth”--Orwell: Ignorance is Strength places the player in the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell program. A political crisis has arisen across borders, threatening to plunge The Nation and Parges into violent civil unrest.

Given the power to both uncover and fabricate "the truth", the player must decide for themselves how far they will go in the service of their country and whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.

Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You, was released as a weekly episodic series in October and November 2016 and is a surveillance thriller set in a fictional country called The Nation. Playing as themselves, the player was tasked with using the Orwell surveillance program to dig into the private and public communications of suspects in a series of terrorist attacks. The core question asked by the game was - “What would you do if you were Big Brother?”

Orwell was both commercially successful and critically acclaimed, winning multiple awards and receiving prestigious nominations including the IGF Excellence in Narrative and an Honorable Mention in the IGF Seamus McNally Grand Prize. Orwell: Ignorance is Strength takes place in parallel to the events of the first season but this time the player takes on the role of an insider with access to additional features of the Orwell program. Ignorance is Strength brings a darker tone and introduces new tools that provide the player with more control over how the investigation unfolds and even the ability to influence public opinion directly.

Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will be releasing soon as a weekly episodic series and will be available at release on PC, Mac and Linux.

History

Osmotic Studios - Developer: Osmotic Studios is a trio of German indie game developers committed to making gOsmotic Studios is a trio of German indie game developers committed to making games with narrative and personal resonance that challenge players to reflect on the world around them.

Forming a studio in 2015, Michael Kluge (Programming), Melanie Taylor (Art and Business) and Daniel Marx (Game Design and Production) spent two years making their first full game, Orwell, which explores contemporary themes of security, privacy, and our interpretation of online information.

Released in October 2016 as a five-part weekly episodic series, the critically lauded Orwell has been nominated for numerous ‘serious game’ and narrative design awards and is the winner of the A.MAZE 2017 Best Long Feature Award and Best Serious Game at the 2017 German Computer Games Awards.

Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is coming soon to PC, Mac and Linux.

Features

  • Details to be revealed.

Videos

Announcement Trailer YouTube


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About Surprise Attack Games

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Surprise Attack Games is an Australian indie games label, working with amazing creators to bring remarkable games to discerning players worldwide.

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Orwell: Ignorance is Strength Credits

Daniel Marx
Game design & Production, Osmotic Studios

Melanie Taylor
Art & Business, Osmotic Studios

Michael Kluge
Programmer, Osmotic Studios

Chris Wright
Managing Director, Surprise Attack Games

Marla Fitzsimmons
Marketing Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Stephen Heller
Production Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Fiona Murray
Finance Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Drew Taylor
Communications Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Justine Colla
Community and Social Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Travis Plane
Director, Surprise Attack Games

Aaron Bertinetti
Chairman, Surprise Attack Games


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