Factsheet

Developer:
Surprise Attack Games
Based in Melbourne, Australia

Release date:
February 22, 2018

Platforms:
PC, Mac, Linux
Steam

Website:
orwell-ignorance.com

Regular Price:

Full GameUS $9.99

Description

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.

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 launched on February 22 as a bi-weekly episodic series and will be available at release on PC, Mac and Linux.

Episodes of season two, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength were released 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 unlocked bi-weekly, based on the schedule above.

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.

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 released February 22 on PC, Mac and Linux.

Features

  • Investigate the agitators - Enter the world of Orwell and join a top-secret department of agents known as “The Office” during a time of civil unrest and political tension. Profile persons of interest by exploring web pages, social media and private communications. Make connections. Find the information you need to know.
  • Uncover the truth - Separate the stories from the facts, the propagated myths and fake news from what’s really happening. Identify the hidden agendas of all those involved and expose them for what they are.
  • Manipulate the information - Use Orwell’s upgraded toolset and the information you have uncovered to create your own version of the truth. Then use that to gain influence and control over the situation.
  • End the threat - Expose the truth. Destroy the lives and influence of those who seek to bring harm to the government and diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries. Put an end to the civil unrest threatening to destroy the Nation.
  • Releasing over three episodes - The game will launch episodically bi-weekly on PC, Mac and Linux, with episode one coming February 22. Be part of the investigation as it unfolds.

Videos

Narrative Trailer YouTube

Announcement Trailer YouTube


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About Surprise Attack Games

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Surprise Attack Games is an independent games label based in Australia. It works with amazing creators to bring remarkable, weird and unique games to discerning players worldwide.

You may know them from the hacking game using real unix commands (Hacknet), the surveillance thriller series that puts you in the shoes of Big Brother (Orwell), the multiplayer split-screen shooter where everyone is invisible (Screencheat), or the dystopian steampunk mini-golf adventure game (Vertiginous Golf).

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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

Travis Plane
Director, Surprise Attack Games

Aaron Bertinetti
Chairman, Surprise Attack Games


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