George Orwell’s classic satire of the Soviet Union, Animal Farm, is set to receive a video game adaptation.
Few details of the upcoming game are available, but it is being created by a London-based team of “world class… games industry veterans,” although the identity of most team members remains under wraps for now. However, Imre Jele, co-founder and creative chief of Bossa Studios (I Am Bread, Surgeon Simulator), and Andy Payne, chairman of The Mastertronic Group, have both announced their involvement via Twitter.
Specific information on the style of gameplay on offer has not yet been released, although the game’s official website indicates that players will take on a heroic role as “part of the farm.” The team is “dedicated to maintaining an independent creative process; responsible only to George Orwell’s work and to [the] audience.”
Despite drawing from the classic text, the developers hint that the game will also reflect contemporary concerns about the undermining of “established democracies” and the “dark corporate and political powers silencing all dissent,” suggesting a powerful engagement with the themes that were so prevalent within the original novella.
The announcement coincides with the 72nd anniversary of the publication of Animal Farm.