Ready! Set! Parent! Today, a public beta for the chaotic, co-op “parenting simulator” Think of the Children has been announced.

The public beta will officially begin at 8:00 am PDT 18 September, 2017 and will end on 2 October. Players can sign up now at www.thinkofthechildrengame.com to secure a batch of four keys, one for themselves and three for friends. Keys will be sent out in “waves” starting 18 September.

The beta includes the first three levels of the game in Quick Play, along with the ability to customise parents and children. These can be played by 1-4 players via local co-op. For streamers, there is the ability to randomly pull viewers names from their chat to name the children.

While no story mode is included in the beta, Think of the Children puts players on trial for negligent parenting, with the prosecutors presenting a series of potentially hazardous events as evidence: a birthday party at the park, a day at the zoo, a camping trip, being stranded in the Aussie Outback, under the sea, and more. Players can run solo or team up with other parents to play through each scenario in flashback and prove their innocence, making sure their tasks are done, the kids are happy–and ALIVE!–and every day out is a big success.

Think of the Children will release on PC via Steam late 2017.

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