Prepare for answers to your most pressing questions, while raising one important new one!
The investigation reaches its dramatic conclusion in the final episode of Osmotic Studios’ and Surprise Attack Games’ much-lauded privacy-invasion thriller, Orwell.
Episode five – ‘Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree’ – is now available for those who have purchased the full season of the game. In the wake of the drastic events of Episode Four, the player confronts the remaining members of Thought directly.
If you’ve yet to have the pleasure, Orwell is a narrative-driven thriller that’s divided into five episodes, each of which take roughly one hour to complete and encompass one day of game time. Players can purchase the full season for US $9.95 from stores including Steam and the Humble Store, and those on the fence can try Episode One as a free demo.
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 a 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 outside, 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.