Animal Farm to be Adapted into a Video Game With Permission From George Orwell’s Estate
George Orwell’s satirical novella Animal Farm has been a staple in high school classrooms for some time, but it looks like it might be introduced to the latest generation in a different way. Not saying that the book is going away, but a few developers are teaming up to bring it to life via video game adaptation. This type of text doesn’t normally make its way to an interactive fashion, but the group seeking to get the ball rolling has the Orwell estate’s permission, which means the project is one step closer to reaching gamers.
Imre Jele(Bossa Studios founder), Jessica Curry(The Chinese Room co-founder), Georg Backer(A Brave Plan founder), Kate Saxton(Witcher and Hitman voice director), Andy Payne(Just Flight and ApplyNation founder), and a team of “other exceptional creative and technical talent” will be taking on the task of turning Animal Farm into a video game. Players will assume the role of one of the animals at Manor Farm just before the revolution takes place. The title will feature decision-based gameplay and it will be an “adventure tycoon“.
In case you skipped reading Animal Farm, the book follows a group of animals that have had enough of their treatment at Manor Farm. To rectify this, they revolt, assume control of said farm, and adopt the Seven Commandments of Animalism. The classic is considered political satire and was based on the Russian Revolution of 1917 when it was written. Given the current state of politics worldwide, it’s hard not to draw comparisons between now and a book that was written over 70 years ago. The game’s website even says:
We live in turbulent times where established democracies are coming under attack from all sides. Animal Farm is a literary classic whose original message is more relevant than ever before. We will adapt this story for a new audience on a new medium whilst keeping true to George Orwell’s vision.”
Animal Farm is being “developed for PC and other platforms.” More details are to be revealed at a later time, so be sure to keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news, check out the following:
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What say you, Orwell fans? Are you excited for a video game version of Animal Farm, or do you believe there is no way of doing the novella justice? The developers claim that they will remain faithful to the source, but how close can they actually get? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.