Developer NotGames and publisher tinyBuild today release a free prologue episode for Not For Broadcast – a high pressure propaganda sim in which players control the news – and announce that the game will entering into Early Access January 30th 2020. The news is accompanied by a brand new trailer.
In an alternate 1980s where the nation stumbles towards dystopia, join the National Nightly News team as they take you from laughter to dread in the course of a commercial break.
You only came in to clean the studio – but in a bizarre twist of fate, it’s now up to you to determine exactly what goes on air.
Dystopian propaganda sim will launch into Early Access on January 30th
Players find themselves thrust into the hot-seat as they run the control desk of a national news channel, just as a radical new government comes into power. Not only must they keep the audience entertained with flashy editing, but they’re tasked with censoring inappropriate (or unapproved) language, cueing the best ads to fill their pockets, deciding the headlines and navigating extreme technical difficulties.
The free prologue episode, released today via Steam, features an introduction to running the National Nightly News switchboard while you manage everything from cueing advertisements, cutting an interview with pompous thespian Laurence Blundercatch, and live editing a public statement from the winning political party – after they’ve already had a few pints to celebrate.
Creative Director Alex Paterson said, “There’s a lot about Not For Broadcast that just hasn’t been seen like this before.
First there’s the obvious part: getting to mix and censor a live TV broadcast – but there’s also the scope and ambition of shooting something like this. In just the first three chapters we have a cast of over 50 actors, over 20 location shoots as well as building a full-size news studio. Seriously, whose idea was this?
Little did we know that, as we began working on it, the world’s political landscape would change, and just how difficult satire was about to come. It’s impossible to write a joke without it actually happening.
We’re so grateful for all the interest and support we’ve received from players. The feedback and dialogue between the community is going to be vital in figuring out how to find new ways to tell stories in games.“
Not For Broadcast will launch on January 30th 2020, initially with three full chapters. The game will grow and evolve in line with community feedback, with ten chapters planned for the final version of the game. The free prologue episode is available now via Steam.