A video game based on George Orwell’s classic novella Animal Farm was announced last month, and the first firm details have now been released.
The game is being billed as an “adventure-tycoon” experience, with players taking the role of one of the animals at the original text’s Manor Farm shortly before the beginnings of Animalism. Although a main tenet of the title will be to maintain and manage the farm, story choices will be present, alongside consequences arising from them.
The developers claim that the game will fully engage with Orwell’s original themes of the corrupting influence of power and the use of double-speak, both of which are as relevant in the modern political climate as they were at the time of Animal Farm’s publication in 1945.
Helming the project is Bossa Studios founder Imre Jele (Surgeon Simulator, I Am Bread), while an impressive cast of independent developers has come together to form the production team. Georg Backer (Fable series) will be producing, while cinematics director Kate Saxon (Mafia III, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt) and composer Jessica Curry (Dear Esther, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture) are some of the other big names attached to the Animal Farm game.
The game has already received the approval of George Orwell’s estate. At present, Animal Farm is only confirmed for a PC release, although other platforms are being considered. No release date has yet been announced, though the game is not likely to release before the middle of next year. Further details will be available in the coming months.