Capitalism is coming for us all
We’ve all grown accustomed to the hellscape that corporations have created for us over the past few years, which is why I’m so intrigued by Martha is Dead publisher Wired Productions’ new narrative adventure game, The Last Worker. The title, developed by Wolf & Wood, will explore “end-stage capitalism” in a setting that’s “centered around our struggle in an increasingly automated world.”
The Last Worker will feature a star-studded cast of voice actors, including Zelda Williams (The Legend of Korra), Tommie Earl Jenkins (Death Stranding), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The Deep), Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of Men), and David Hewlett (The Shape of Water).
Writer and director of The Last Worker Jörg Tittel expressed his excitement to be working on a game that the team feels so passionately about:
“Working with such a stellar cast would be miraculous enough on a major feature film or series. But to have such world class actors lend their talent to an indie game must make me the luckiest man alive. But ultimately this game has been an equaliser, with every team member pouring heart and soul into every minute detail. No matter how dystopian they want to make the real world, ours at least will be full of colour and crafted with love.”
The game’s trailer shows off a bleak yet comedic tone and a cel-shaded art style similar to that of the Borderlands series. So far the gameplay is a bit of a mystery, although we know that exploration will be a big draw, as The Last Worker‘s Steam page boasts an environment that players will explore that is “the size of the sunken city of Manhattan.”
Players will get an exclusive hands-on preview of The Last Worker this week at PAX East, and the game is set to release sometime in 2022 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Meta Quest 2.