Factsheet

Developer:
Surprise Attack Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
Oct 20, 2016

Platforms:
PC
Steam

Website:
orwellgame.com

Regular Price:

DemoFree
Full Game$9.99
Deluxe, inc. OST$14.98

Description

Big Brother has arrived - and it’s you. Investigate the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks. Information from the internet, personal communications and private files are all accessible to you. But, be warned, the information you supply will have consequences…

Orwell is a new governmental security program that has the power to survey the online presence of every person in The Nation. It can monitor all personal communications and access any computer. To preserve the privacy of citizens, human researchers examine the data Orwell finds and decide which pieces of information should be passed on to the security forces, and which should be rejected.

Selected from thousands of candidates, you are Orwell’s first human researcher. And when a terror attack rocks the Nation’s capital city of Bonton, Orwell, and you, are immediately put to the test. Starting with a single person of interest, you'll help the security forces build out and profile a network of potential culprits.

But are these people really terrorists? What does the information you reveal to Orwell say about them? What if you find out things about them that not even their loved ones know? What is the real price of maintaining the security that the Nation is yearning for?

History

Osmotic Studios - Developer: 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. After winning the German Computer Game Award for their student projects “GroundPlay” and “Scherbenwerk” in 2013 and 2014, Michael Kluge (programming), Melanie Taylor (art and business) and Daniel Marx (game design and production) have spent the last two years making their first full game, Orwell, which explores contemporary themes of security, privacy, and our interpretation of online information in a way that only a game can.

Orwell was initially released as five weekly episodes from 20th October until 17th November, 2016. Orwell's episodes are titled as follows:

20th October: Episode One - The Clocks were Striking Thirteen
27th October: Episode Two - A Place where there is No Darkness
3rd November: Episode Three - Unperson
10th November: Episode Four - Memory Hole
17th November:: Episode Five - Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree

Features

  • Investigate the digital lives of citizens: Search web pages, scour through social media posts, dating site profiles, news articles and blogs to find those responsible for a series of terror attacks.
  • Invade the private lives of suspects: Listen in on chat communications, read personal emails, hack PCs, pull medical files, make connections. Find the information you need to know.
  • Determine the relevance of information: Only the information you provide will be seen by the security forces and acted upon. You decide what gets seen and what does not and influence how the suspects will be perceived.
  • Secure the freedom of the Nation: Find the terrorists so the citizens of the Nation can sleep safe, knowing Orwell is watching over them.

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 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

Lex Suurland
Business Development Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Stephen Heller
Production Coordinator & Community Management, Surprise Attack Games

Fiona Murray
Finance Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Drew Taylor
Communications Manager, Surprise Attack Games

Travis Plane
Director, Surprise Attack Games

Aaron Bertinetti
Chairman, Surprise Attack Games


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