Is it a coincidence that Orwell’s Animal Farm gets a release date the day before what is sure to be the most important election of the current century? Maybe. Either way, Orwell’s Animal Farm releases on Steam and mobile on December 10th.
Originally announced back in 2017, Orwell’s Animal Farm is a game based around the very famous book of the same name. In Orwell’s 1944 novel, he tells the chilling tale of a farm where animals rise up against their cruel human overlords, throwing off the shackles of their indentured servitude with the hope of creating a fair and just society.
But instead, a pig named Napoleon takes over the farm and the animals find themselves in much the same spot as they were originally, only a few of them weren’t around to complain anymore.
The whole thing is an allegory for the Russian Revolution of 1917, which wound up with Joseph Stalin seizing power after the Bolsheviks overthrew the reigning Russian monarchy. Napoleon, in this case, stands in for Stalin, who was generally a pretty bad dude.
However, unlike in Orwell’s classic, the final outcome of the revolution is not written in paper and ink. There are eight possible different outcomes in Animal Farm, and only one of them ends the same way as the book. Maybe the decisions you make will lead to the farm becoming the glorious worker’s utopia that the animals had all dreamed of, or maybe a different dictator will rise to power.
From what we’ve seen in trailers, the game will share many of the same mechanics as developer Nerial’s other games, such as Reign. The player will be presented with different scenarios and then choose between two options with the narrative describing the consequences. Hopefully, none of them results in the death of a much-beloved horse.
Orwell’s Animal Farm arrives on mobile platforms and PC via Steam and December 10th.
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