A game that’s causing a lot of salt, triggering, anger, and arguments in the Steam forums is PanicBarn and No More Robots’ Not Tonight. The game is scheduled to release on August 17th on Steam.
The game is about Brexit taking place and Britain leaving the European Union. The description of the game states…
“In an alternative Britain where Brexit talks have collapsed, an extreme far-right government has taken power. Citizens of European heritage have been rounded up and exiled. Forced out of your previous life, you find yourself in the midst of a booming gig economy, fighting to scrape by and return to the city you call home.”
You take control of an afro-wearing dude in a slummy part of Britain, quarantined from the rest of society. You attempt to take on odd jobs to make ends meet while dealing with the socioeconomic and sociopolitical fallout of Brexit.
As the trailer depicts, the game is like a mix between Beholder and Papers, Please. Gamers will have to check the identification papers of the individuals of “European heritage”, as well as attempt to upgrade your apartment to give yourself a better future, and purchase better equipment for your livelihood.
The trailer was not received well at all, and the developer disabled the like/dislike bar.
So what has people so triggered? Well, because the game depicts Brexit as a catalyst for Britain’s gateway into a dystopian society.
The game’s satirical take on Brexit is mostly being compared to a Leftist’s view on the outcome of Brexit. It’s also part of what many consider to be the Left’s fearmongering themed around the outcome of Brexit. Steam user Reapero hopped into one of the many politically charged threads about Not Tonight to explain why so many British are angry about the developer’s depiction of Brexit, writing…
“The best way to describe Brexit is “a procedure to become independent from the EU.” As you can imagine any type of independence is a dicy issue, and any negativity around what happens after “independence” is jumped on as scaremongering. If someone says “after Brexit we’ll all lose money” then that’s considered scaremongering.
“This game seems to portray a negative version of Brexit so supporters would jump on this as whatever they called it (I didn’t see any of threads but I imagine the term “Remoaner” was used). A good comparsion for yourself is imagine just after Trump won someone made a game about the US being a dictatorship or in ruins, supporters would jump on this as scaremongering/negative etc. “ [sic]
This is Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus all over again, only instead of the forums being littered with Nazis vs Communists, it’s likely now going to be filled with pro-Brexit versus anti-Brexit individuals. The forums is already getting locked down with plenty of threads being removed, but expect that to ramp up to the next level when it nears release.
Expect this game to gain a lot of chatter in the usual game journo circles. Whether or not it sells well is a whole other story. You can learn more about Not Tonight by visiting the Steam store.