With Backfirewall_ a tragicomic adventure was unveiled. Here you can see initial information and a trailer.
Publishers all in! Games and female-led developer Naraven Games announce that their first commercial title, Backfirewall_, will be released later this year for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch platforms.
Backfirewall_ takes you on a tragicomic adventure with the cheeky, self-confident operating system OS9. Facing the problem of being replaced by the far more optimized OS10, OS9 has a simple goal: protect the phone from updates and stay alive. Starting today and ending June 20th, Backfirewall_ is participating in the Steam Next Fest. The first game demo is free on Steam available.
Story: You, the update assistant, have been commissioned by the ominous update protocol to update the cell phone’s operating system. But the old, buggy OS9, which definitely doesn’t want to be removed, has other plans.
Backfirewall_ describes the suffering of programs whose code is regularly deleted and replaced as technology advances. Explore a strange and wonderful smartphone environment teeming with life and treacherous conversations.
Navigate the bureaucratic nightmare of WiFi or party in the exclusive nightclub the speaker and meet many quirky characters, each an irreplaceable piece of personalized software with its own rich file history, brought to life by iconic voice actors!
Backfirewall_ is an incredible nano journey in which you manipulate your environment to solve puzzles, find bugs and use cheat codes to disrupt the update. Discover what’s really going on inside your smartphone and reflect on the constant struggle between self-preservation and noble sacrifice. Decide for yourself: does OS9 really deserve to be discarded, or is there a way to preserve it?
“We want gamers to feel like they’re stepping into a Pixar movie while also reflecting on the more mindless ways in which we interact with our everyday digital devices,” said Julia Jean, creative director of Naraven Games. “If you think twice before updating your phone after playing Backfirewall_, we’ve achieved our goal!”
“Backfirewall_ is a truly unique and refreshing take on a storytelling adventure, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer such a fun and nurturing experience that everyone can relate to,” said Raul Nieto, Head of Marketing at All in! Games. “Naraven Games have created something truly original that speaks to our everyday connectivity on algorithmic digital platforms and our recurring relationship with our smartphones.”