Today, developer Osmotic Studios and Surprise Attack Games announced 22 February as the start date of season two of the award-winning surveillance thriller Orwell, available for PC, Mac and Linux. The first episode of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will launch on 22 February with episodes two and three releasing as bi-weekly updates.
To support the announcement new trailer for Orwell: Ignorance is Strength has been produced:
The final trailer.
Inspired by the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the displacement of truth, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength takes on a darker tone than season one. With the power to both uncover and play with “the truth”, players 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.
Inducted into “The Office”, a top-secret department of the government’s Orwell security program, players take on the role of an investigative agent during a time when civil unrest threatens a major political crisis between the Nation and neighboring country Parges.
Reporting directly to Orwell adviser, Ampleford, players are immediately tasked with uncovering the truth behind the escalating political tension and delving deep into the lives of Raban Vhart, editor of The People’s Voice and self-proclaimed guardian of truth, his wife, Karen, and his brother, Ilya, to uncover their potential involvement.
To assist with their task, players are given greater agency through additional tools and mechanics, providing opportunities to control and impact the narrative. A new “time of day” system puts the player in time-sensitive situations, making who they chose to investigate and when, more important than ever. Players can also research more widely and dig deeper into citizen’s lives, gathering additional information they can use to influence the way events are reported and perceived by the public.
Episodes of season two, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will be releasing as follows:
Episode One: Thesis – February 22
Episode Two: Antithesis – March 8
Episode Three: Synthesis – March 22
Purchasing the game at any time will get you all three episodes. Episodes unlock bi-weekly, based on the schedule above.