Surveillance Thriller Orwell Getting a Second Season About Fake News, Social Media Echo Chambers, and More
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Yesterday, Germany-based studio Osmotic Studios and publisher Surprise Attack Games announced a second season of Orwell, 2016’s PC, Mac, and Linux game where players assume the role of a state operative and monitor surveillance sources to find national security threats. It’s kinda like Big Brother the simulation. And it’s back.
Titled Orwell: Ignorance is Strength, the second season will apparently explore power and democracy in a post-truth world. Further, the game is said to be inspired by the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the death of “truth.”
Similar to the first season, players will step into the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell program during a political crisis that has arisen across borders, threatening to plunge The Nation and Parages into violent civil unrest.
Given the power to both uncover and fabricate “the truth,” the outcome of the game will be determined by the player’s decisions. Ultimately, you will need to decide how far you will go in service of your country — and whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is said to take place in parallel to the events of the first season, but this time the player will take on the role of an insider with access to additional features of the Orwell program. Further, the second season will contain a darker tone, and allow players more control over how investigations unfold, and even enable the player to directly influence public opinion.
Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is scheduled to release “soon” as a weekly episodic series for PC, Mac, and Linux. Below, you can check out the game’s announcement trailer: