Step into the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell surveillance program. Given the power to both uncover and fabricate "the truth", how far will you go in the service of your country? Season 2 of Orwell, the award-winning surveillance thriller.
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Release Date:
Feb 22, 2018

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July 25

Surprise Attack Games is now Fellow Traveller

Today our publisher, Surprise Attack Games, is relaunching as Fellow Traveller.

To celebrate, Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength is on sale along with the rest of their catalogue. Check out their publisher sale page for all the details -

Here’s some more from the team at Fellow Traveller on what the change is all about:

For the past seven years, our journey as a small indie publisher from the shores of Australia has been quite momentous. Today marks the biggest stop on that journey so far. A new name. A new vision. A chance for us to stand up and declare our love for games with something important, something special, something weird to say.

Welcome to Fellow Traveller.

From the dystopian worlds of Hacknet and Orwell, to our upcoming releases including Neo Cab, Genesis Noir and In Other Waters, Fellow Traveller is here to support developers that take a unique approach to narrative in games.

If this sounds like your kind of jam, you can follow us on our Steam publisher page, join us in The Traveller's Tavern on Discord or sign up to our newsletter
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May 24

Patch 1.1.6717


Please take note that our engineers have improved the Office Orwell client to increase usage comfort. Refer to the memo below for further details.

Version 1.1.6717

Patch notes

Content changes
  • Updated the mail subscription step in the profile creation to comply with GDPR laws.
  • Updates websites are now put at the top of the bookmark list.
  • Reworked notification system in the Insider: Now shows a red star notification on the app icon if a) a device got added or goes online or b) a datchunk gets unlocked or c) a bookmark is created that hasn't been visited yet.
  • Improved the Influencer graph algorithm so that nodes should now be well spread over the whole area and make a twisted graph less likely.
  • Spoiler Episode 3: All instances of the name 'Simos' are now usable as password.

Technical fixes
  • Fixed a bug where the font color of datachunks wasn't correctly set to black after loading, making them hard to read on some documents with bright or bluish colors.
  • Fixed usable updates from the Profiler used in search slots occasionally weren't correctly greyed out indicating the usage.
  • When logging out while a datachunk upload was active and logging in again the uploading overlay in the Profiler is no longer active.
  • Voice over will no longer play while logging out.
  • Now shows a caret in the profile creation name and email input fields.
  • Fixed step 2 of the profile creation disappearing instantly instead of fading out when switching to next / previous steps.
  • Fixed the Influencer graph fading out (became visible instantly and then faded out) despite it not being visible before in the first place.
  • Fixed the Influencer animation being triggered after loading a savegame despite the previous upload already completed (when the game was saved).
  • Fixed the blue upload arrow in the Influencer being erroneously displayed after having loaded a savegame.
  • Fixed that updated Insider documents were always marked with a red outline after loading even though they had been visited before.
  • Fixed a bug where the updated documents in the Insider where always marked as not visited after loading (e.g. history updates).
  • Fixed a bug where the red notification icon stayed on the bookmark tab in the Insider, despite no new or unseen entries being present.
  • (Linux) Fixed no overlay being displayed while a modal prompt was active.

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“Two for two, Orwell continues to be an engrossing voyeuristic experience”
9/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

Inspired by the rise of fake news, social media echo chambers, and the displacement of truth, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength is the second--darker--season of the award-winning surveillance thriller, Orwell. With the power to both uncover and play with "the truth", you must decide for yourself how far you will go in the service of your country and whether the truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.

Inducted into “The Office”--a top-secret department of the government’s Orwell security program--you’ll take on the role of an investigative agent during a time when civil unrest threatens to become a major political crisis between the Nation and neighboring country Parges.

Reporting directly to Orwell adviser, Ampleford, you‘re tasked with uncovering the truth behind the escalating political tension, and delving deep into the lives of Raban Vhart, editor of The People’s Voice and self-proclaimed guardian of truth, his wife, Karen, and his brother, Illya, to uncover their potential involvement.

To assist you in your task, you will be given new tools and mechanics that provide opportunities to control and impact the narrative. A new “time of day” system puts you in time-sensitive situations, making who you chose to investigate and when, more important than ever. You can also research more widely and dig deeper into citizen’s lives, gathering additional information to influence the way events are reported and perceived by the public.


Investigate the agitators - Enter the world of Orwell and join a top-secret department of agents known as “The Office” during a time of civil unrest and political tension. Profile persons of interest by exploring web pages, social media and private communications. Make connections. Find the information you need to know.

Uncover the truth - Separate the stories from the facts, the propagated myths and fake news from what’s really happening. Identify the hidden agendas of all those involved and expose them.

Manipulate the information - Use Orwell’s upgraded toolset and the information you have uncovered to create your own version of the truth. Then use that to gain influence and control over the situation.

End the threat - Expose the truth. Destroy the lives and influence of those who seek to bring harm to the government and diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. Put an end to the civil unrest threatening to destroy the Nation.

Releasing over three episodes - The game will release on PC, Mac and Linux across three bi-weekly episodes, with episode one available February 22. Be part of the investigation as it unfolds.

Praise for Orwell:

“Grabs the problem of how we balance our own liberty and our safety and turns it into a thrilling adventure.” – Polygon

“In an age where so much personal information is willingly released by so many, Orwell brilliantly explores the implications of this data being misinterpreted.” – GameSpot

"A harrowing look into a reality where Big Brother is always watching" - Rock Paper Shotgun

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: DirectX 9 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.5 or above
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or above
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU: OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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