Project Description

Coming to

Season two of the award-winning surveillance thriller, Orwell, turns its gaze to explore power and democracy in a post-truth world.

Price

US$9.99 / €9.99 / £7.20

Release Date

22 February 2018

Platforms

PC, Mac, Linux

Community

Steam

Twitter

@Orwell_Game

Website

www.orwell-ignorance.com

Developer

Osmotic Studios

Inspired by the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the displacement of truth, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is the second–darker–season of the award-winning surveillance thriller, Orwell. With the power to both uncover and play with “the truth”, you must decide for yourself how far you will go in the service of your 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–you’ll 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 newly appointed Orwell advisor, Ampleford, you‘re 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, Illya, to uncover their potential involvement.

To assist you in your task, you will be given new tools and mechanics that provide opportunities to control and impact the narrative. A new “time of day” system puts you in time-sensitive situations, making who you chose to investigate and when, more important than ever. You can also research more widely and dig deeper into citizen’s lives, gathering additional to influence the way events are reported and perceived by the public.

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SCREENSHOTS
EPISODE CARDS

Orwell will release episodically across four weeks, from 22 February, 2018 until 22 March, 2018; one episode every two weeks. Title cards were created to announce each episode.

RECOGNITION AND AWARDS – ORWELL SEASON 1
  • Nominee – “Most Innovative Newcomer” Award – Creative Gaming Awards, 2015
  • Nominee – “Games for Impact” Award – The Game Awards, 2016
  • Nominee – “Best Indie Game” Award – NY Game Awards, 2017
  • Honourable Mention – “Seamus McNally Grand Prize” – Independent Games Festival 2017
  • Finalist – “Excellence in Narrative” Award – Independent Games Festival 2017
  • Nominee – “Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation” Award – SXSW Gaming Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Serious Game” Award – German Gaming Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “A MAZE.” Long Feature Award – A MAZE.Awards 2017
  • WINNER – “Best Education Game” Award – BIG Festival 2017

Osmotic 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 & Business) and Daniel Marx (Game Design & 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.

 

Osmotic Studios is currently working on Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, the second season of Orwell with a new narrative that takes place in parallel to the events of the first season.

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CREDITS

Osmotic Studios

Michael KlugeProgrammer
Melanie TaylorArt and Business
Daniel MarxGame Designer and Producer

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Chris WrightManaging Director
Michele PirozziDirector
Aaron BertinettiChairman
Marla FitzsimmonsMarketing Manager
Stephen HellerProduction Manager
Fiona MurrayFinance Manager
Drew TaylorCommunications Manager
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Orwell: Keeping An Eye on You

To find out more about the original Orwell game, Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You, click here.