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Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is inspired by fake news

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Orwell was one of the surprise hits of 2016, a surveillance-themed adventure sim which our reviewer described as "a novel perspective on totalitarian surveillance". That serialised adventure is getting a follow-up this year, in the form of Orwell: Ignorance is Strength.

Like last year's game, this sequel will be serialised as well, and is being described as a "season" by developer Osmotic Studios. It'll roll out weekly, and while there's no firm release schedule yet it's promised to be coming "soon".

"Inspired by the rise of fake news, the social media echo chamber and the death of 'truth' – Orwell: Ignorance is Strength places the player in the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell program," the description reads. "A political crisis has arisen across borders, threatening to plunge The Nation and Parges into violent civil unrest."

"Given the power to both uncover and fabricate "the truth", the player must decide for themselves how far they will go in the service of their country and whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength."

Check out the teaser trailer embedded above. The Steam page is over here.

Shaun Prescott
Shaun is PC Gamer’s Australian editor and news writer. He mostly plays platformers and RPGs, and keeps a close eye on anything of particular interest to antipodean audiences. He (rather obsessively) tracks the movements of the Doom modding community, too.