Announcing Orwell, a privacy invasion thriller from Osmotic Studios and Surprise Attack Games.
Releasing late in 2016, Orwell is a narrative exploration game in which you must pry into the lives of citizens to find those responsible for a series of ideologically motivated terrorist attacks.
In the style of games such as Papers, Please, Her Story and Cibele, Orwell raises serious questions about contemporary society in a way that only a game can. Its themes include the balance between security and freedom, what it means when we trade privacy for connection, and the impact of the internet on the way we perceive our world and are perceived by others.
The player is cast as themselves, recruited by The Nation to be a part of secret new security program Orwell. Through Orwell, the player gains access to information from the internet, and the personal communications and private files of anyone suspected of connection to the terror attacks. Acting as an impartial outsider, the player must choose what information to provide to security services, and what to hold back. These choices will have consequences for those involved and affect the outcome of the story as it unfolds towards its dramatic conclusion.