Orwell's Animal Farm Is Being Turned into a Game

Orwell's Animal Farm Is Being Turned into a Game

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On the 75th anniversary of George Orwell's Animal Farm, the seminal book has been announced as a video game. Being co-developed by The Dairymen and Nerial for PC and mobile, Animal Farm is expected to arrive this fall, though no specific release date has been given.

The game is being developed "with the full endorsement of the Orwell estate," said a press release revealing the game. It will be narrated by Abubakar Salim, whose roles include the lead in Assassin's Creed Origins, Bayek. The game is being imagined as an adventure game where players choose which of the animals they follow, as well as who to ignore, allowing players to influence the story and decide the fate of the farm. The game promises painterly visuals evocative of the era in which the story was originally written.

Across the board, those involved in the game are excited to be able to work on a property such as Animal Farm. Imre Jele, the project's founder, had this to say:

“Animal Farm is a literary masterpiece which uses deceptively simple language to accurately describe the downfall of communism from the dream of equality into totalitarian oppression. The fate of the farm was all too real for me growing up in totalitarian Hungary.

History seems to repeat itself. And once more, Orwell’s classic has become a painfully relevant warning as some Western democracies started using tools and language eerily similar to those of oppressive regimes of the past.

I’ve long wanted to explore how, through video gaming, we could design an experience which immerses the player in Orwell’s vision, and in Nerial we found the perfect partner to make this happen.“

Animal Farm will come to Steam and mobile this fall. 

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