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Animal Farm Game Announced

An Animal Farm website is now online, revealing plans for a game based on George Orwell's classic novella authorized by the author's estate. The book is an allegory for Stalin's communist Soviet Union played out through the actions of a group of barnyard animals. The game will take that and form it into an adventure/tycoon game that's expected for PC and possibly other platforms, with a release date TBD. This press release has the details:

The Animal Farm game will be an adventure-tycoon, placing the player in the Manor Farm as one of the animals just before the revolution, and will follow their journey through the ups and downs of Animalism. The gameplay will combine story choices and the running of the farm into a consistent narrative, giving players a chance to experience the consequences of their decisions first hand.

When George Orwell’s seminal novel Animal Farm was first published in 1945, it was seen as a critique of Soviet Russia. But as an allegory of absolute power and totalitarian authority, both a needle-sharp satire and a terrible warning, it has proved to have timeless and universal significance. ‘Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely’, one of the many lessons in Animal Farm, is as relevant today as it was at the end of the Second World War. Orwell posed the reader many questions about power and the corrosive misuse of language. This is a chance to plant the players at the heart of these questions, luring them towards utopia or dictatorship.

Fully authorised by the estate of George Orwell, Animal Farm is created by an independent team formed specifically to deliver Orwell’s vision in an interactive format. The multi award-winning team includes Imre Jele (founder of Bossa Studios), Andy Payne (founder of Just Flight and AppyNation and ex Mastertronic), Georg Backer (A Brave Plan, Fable series), Jessica Curry (Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Dear Esther), Kate Saxon (Mafia III, Alien: Isolation, Witcher 3) and other exceptional creative and technical talent.

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24. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 8, 2017, 13:22 jdreyer
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 12:13:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 05:31:
subx wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 18:11:
Aw, I was hoping for the Of Mice and Men flight simulator.
Next in line: Lord of the Flies sandbox survival sim.

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The tweets in that article are hilarious.

"what could go wrong here "

"The all-female Lord of the Flies will just be a group of young women apologizing to each other over and over till everyone is dead."

"A female lord of the flies where everything goes fine and they create a society on a secret island wait this is the start of wonder woman"

"A thousand words on how they already did an all-girl Lord of the Flies and called it Mean Girls."
 
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23. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 8, 2017, 13:21 jdreyer
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 13:47:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 11:18:
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.
It hasn't been required reading in school since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I read it in my freshman year of high school in the 90's after the Soviet Union collapsed.

Old habits die slowly.
 
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22. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 13:49 Flatline
 
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.

Eh. I"d be more interested in a black comedy/satire adventure game. Or even something really out there like This War of Mine or even Papers, Please.
 
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21. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 13:47 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 11:18:
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.
It hasn't been required reading in school since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I read it in my freshman year of high school in the 90's after the Soviet Union collapsed.
 
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20. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 12:18 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 11:16:
xXStellarDadXx wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 19:38:
Ummmmm...any hot donkeys in this game?....just saying...
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Glue Factory Manager: Gorilla EX+ alpha!!!
 
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19. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 12:13 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 05:31:
subx wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 18:11:
Aw, I was hoping for the Of Mice and Men flight simulator.
Next in line: Lord of the Flies sandbox survival sim.

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18. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 11:19 jdreyer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 09:11:
Just because you can, does not mean you should. Sometimes I wonder what makes game developers pick ridiculous themes to base their game upon. I guess just another developer with a screw loose upstairs.
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17. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 11:18 jdreyer
 
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.
It hasn't been required reading in school since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
 
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16. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 11:16 jdreyer
 
xXStellarDadXx wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 19:38:
Ummmmm...any hot donkeys in this game?....just saying...
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15. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 09:29 Suppa7
 
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 09:11:
Just because you can, does not mean you should. Sometimes I wonder what makes game developers pick ridiculous themes to base their game upon. I guess just another developer with a screw loose upstairs.

Humans tend to be idiots, and game devs, being humans will do as much stupid shit as humanity at large does.

What is modern gaming if not a wasteland of stupidity and mediocrity? The rise of mmo's, drm, steam, micro-transactions and loot crates means we live in a fucking idiocracy.
 
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14. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 09:11 Ozmodan
 
Just because you can, does not mean you should. Sometimes I wonder what makes game developers pick ridiculous themes to base their game upon. I guess just another developer with a screw loose upstairs.
 
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13. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 06:18 Burrito of Peace
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 05:31:
Next in line: Lord of the Flies sandbox survival sim.

But you repeat yourself.
 
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12. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 05:40 Grumpy Sod
 
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Not sure, but I had to read Animal Farm and Fahrenheit 451 about the same age and I'm also very glad I did. Worthwhile lessons in both and they definitely stuck.
 
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11. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 05:31 jdreyer
 
subx wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 18:11:
Aw, I was hoping for the Of Mice and Men flight simulator.
Next in line: Lord of the Flies sandbox survival sim.
 
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10. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 04:20 Kxmode
 
SlimRam wrote on Sep 6, 2017, 20:51:
Don't screw the pigs, they'll squeal on you.

I am bacon you to stop!
 
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9. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 03:45 JoatrashFX
 
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.
 
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8. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 6, 2017, 21:06 Cutter
 
Independent Thinking

We’re living in very disturbing times. Whilst we all thought that the world was making real social progress, we actually fell asleep and failed to notice dark corporate and political powers silencing all dissent. We are dedicated to maintaining an independent creative process; responsible only to George Orwell’s work and to our audience.

Spoken by someone who has no grasp of history. This is nothing new, hence the very ancient adage, 'Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.' History is cyclical. Everything runs in cycles. Boom, bust, echo, rinse, repeat, always repeat. That statement shows a woeful lack of understanding about the very nature of mankind. They need to read more history.

I never cared much for Orwell. The man was a pedantic wonk and a massive hypocrite to boot.
 
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7. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 6, 2017, 20:51 SlimRam
 
Don't screw the pigs, they'll squeal on you.  
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6. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 6, 2017, 20:32 Bill Borre
 
All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.
 
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5. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 6, 2017, 20:11 RedEye9
 

The sheep are liars.
 
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