Osmotic Studios announced that the second season to their information and citizen surveillance game, Orwell, will be arriving soon on Steam. The game’s announcement trailer puts the focus of news media and “fake news” at the center of its efforts, reeling viewers in with the promise of some sort of compelling shakedown on the political propaganda machine.
The trailer is barely a minute and a half long, and majority of it consists of a collection of news clips featuring politicians talking about the role of the media, and the pursuit of perceived truth.
It seems to start based on the premise of the media being under attack, but it swivels on its head toward people relying on alternative media and social media in order to get the truth. We then get introduced to clips from President Donald Trump calling out fake news media. You can check it out below.
I couldn’t help but wonder if players basically take on a George Soros-style character in the second season, disrupting livelihoods and creating disruption within society in order to push a globalist agenda forward? Or maybe there’s going to be some Illuminati-style sub-plots about transcending mankind, almost like in Deus Ex: Human Revolution?
Whatever role you take on will be similar to what was introduced in the original game, which came out back in October of 2016. Players were basically information asset administrators; keeping tabs on people, finding out their personal quirks and fetishes, monitoring their friends and family, and essentially working as Big Brother in a cyberspace ecosystem.
The sequel seems to point to a game that incorporates the influences of news media and political propaganda a bit more into its DNA, which could make for some very compelling gameplay. The description on the Steam page reads…
“Inspired by the rise of fake news, the social media echo chamber and the death of truth – Season 2, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will place you in the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell program.
“The Nation and Parges threatens to plunge into violent civil unrest, as a political crisis arises across borders. As the agent, you’re given the power to both uncover and fabricate the truth – and you must decide for yourself whether truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.”
Hilariously enough, some people have taken this description as an attack on Trump, while others have taken this as an attack on establishment media. Some feel it’s being used as a way to defend Trump, while others believe it’s possibly going to be used as a way to vilify the current administration.
Either way, some groups are already up in arms about the political nature of the game, and aren’t entirely interested in a hot-button topic such as the media propaganda machine that has currently been used to mislead and brainwash a large portion of the masses.
The original is still available for $9.99, but pricing details and release dates for the second season have not been revealed yet.