New ‘Game Design’ Category Announced for The Orwell Youth Prize, ‘Animal Farm’ game launches

Thursday 10 December 2020

The Orwell Foundation and the ‘Animal Farm’ game’s project founder Imre Jele have worked together on a new ‘Game Design’ category for the Orwell Youth Prize. The prize is an annual programme for 12-18-year olds which seeks to amplify the voices that go unheard and aims to give more young people the tools, confidence and platform to make an impact and change the world around them through their writing. By creating a new ‘Game Design’ category, the idea is that more young people – including those who are typically underrepresented among entrants – will be encouraged to take part because they can write for a platform they love. You can read more on why we decided to create a new category specifically for ‘Game Design’ on the Orwell Youth Prize website.

Seventy-five years after George Orwell’s classic literary novel Animal Farm was first published in 1945, his influential story can now be experienced by gamers with the launch of PC and mobile versions today, Thursday 10th December 2020.‘Orwell’s Animal Farm’, which was developed in collaboration with the Orwell Estate, is a narrative, choice-based game that ‘puts players at the centre of a revolution’. By choosing which of the animals’ wishes they follow – and who is ignored or sidelined – players will influence the critical events that define the fate of Manor Farm. Players must devise strategies to balance resources, defend the farm, and keep the animal population happy. Take a look at this gameplay trailer for more information.