Working hard? Or hardly pausing to breathe?
Playtonic Friends has announced that they’ll be publishing Canteen’s work-simulator CorpoNation: The Sorting Process. Beyond the fact that it will be coming to PC via Steam, no release window has been given.
CorpoNation: The Sorting Process casts you in the role of a new employee of Ringo CorpoNation, where you must sort their genetic samples. It’s being billed as a “linear dystopian narrative,” and features tactile desk-based gameplay. Despite being a linear narrative, you’re able to customize your room and unwind after work to make your existence feel less meaningless and empty. You can also chat with your co-workers about the latest conspiracies. Check out more in this appropriately creepy trailer.
This is probably one of my favorite genres to spring up in the last decade. Following the way-too-depressing-for-me hit, Paper’s Please, smaller developers seem to have caught on that there is a lot of satisfaction when it comes to desktop busywork. The fact that you can enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done, and be rewarded with tangible progression, and not have to spend 40 hours a week doing it is enough to strip out all the soul-sucking parts and leave pure bliss.
On the other hand, CorpoNation: The Sorting Process looks like it’s going to be a small project. Its linear narrative and overt themes leave little room to really get transcendental, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a fun and interesting experience. Not every game has to rewrite the playbook to be worthwhile.
CorpoNation is “coming soon” for PC.