A controversial video game called Brexit Royale which will feature MPs and civilians fighting to the death in an apocalyptic post-Brexit Britain has sparked fury among politicians.
The upcoming PS4 and Xbox One game will see contenders both scavenge for food supplies and fight to be the last one standing.
Other options include ‘maddened civilians thirsty for blood’.
Indy developer Wave Studios announced the free-to-play Brexit Royale during the 2019 Gamescon held in Cologne, Germany, from August 20–24.
The Brexit-themed game has drawn severe criticism following last year’s tragic murder of West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox.
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Controversial video game Brexit Royale which will feature MPs and Britons fighting to the death to survive after an apocalyptic Brexit has sparked fury among politicians
‘After the death of Jo Cox, to see a game promoting violence to MPs due to Brexit is sickening,’ Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones told the Star.
‘Although we absolutely do not condone violence against MPs in real life, we have seen such interest in this game since teasing it,’ said a Wave Studios spokesperson.
‘[We] can only thank the politicians for helping to make the concept of Brexit Royale game so realistic.’
‘This is not specifically about civilians fighting politicians, it is a post-apocalyptic survival game with every man for themselves.’
‘Brexit has been a depressing, endless process that absolutely everyone is sick off, so we wanted to have fun with the concept by turning it into a Battle Royale game.’
WHICH CHARACTERS CAN YOU PICK?
Players can choose as their avatar either key politicians — such as Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Michael Gove — or ‘maddened civilians’.
The game will follow the Battle Royale format made popular by such games as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
These combine the exploration and scavenging elements of survival games with a last-one-standing-wins deathmatch.
‘We’re confronted daily with the vision of our leaders in the grip of destructiveness, playing a real-life game of Battle Royale, aiming to be the last man or woman standing, as the UK feels a collective powerlessness,’ said Wave Studios.
‘No one has any idea how to resolve this mess — so we wanted to imagine a world in which everyone takes matters into their own hands, by breathing a bit of life into this whole sordid situation. Everyone loves a Battle Royale.’
Players can choose as their avatar either key politicians — such as Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Michael Gove — or ‘maddened civilians thirsty for blood’
WHAT WEAPONS WILL PLAYERS EQUIP IN BREXIT ROYALE?
Indy developer Wave Studios have revealed that the following Brexit-themed armaments will be used by players in game as they battle to be the last one standing:
- Ballot boxes
- Big Ben figurine
- Blue passports
- Cocaine (to throw at Michael Gove)
- Crossbow that fires wheat
- UK flagpoles
- EU flagpoles
- Leave picket signs
- Remain picket signs
- Ration boxes
- Water cannons
A blue passport
The game’s map will feature a condensed version of the British Isles, with locales including the House of Commons and Big Ben, pictured
Combining first- and third-person gameplay, Brexit Royale will see competitors choose their side — leave or remain — and brawl using Brexit-themed weapons.
These will include blue passports, leave and remain picket signs, water cannons and a Theresa May special — the wheat-firing crossbow.
Each character has its own class, with current PM Boris Johnson being a ‘Spin Doctor’.
Others including Lame Duck, Champagne Socialist, Botanist, Gammon, Campaigner, Guilty Liberal, Remoaner and Politically Apathetic.
Among the in-game weapons will be UK and EU flagpoles
Players will be able to dress their character in a variety of skins, from different suits for the politicians all the way to a pig’s head — an homage to ex-PM David Cameron
Leaver and Remainer protest placards will feature as in-game weapons
The game’s map will feature a condensed version of the British Isles, with locales including the House of Commons and Big Ben.
Players will be able to dress their character in a variety of skins, from different suits for the politicians all the way to a pig’s head in a nod to ex-PM David Cameron.
In-game vehicles will include the Vote Leave’s ‘let’s fund our NHS instead’ Brexit bus, Jeremy Corbyn’s bicycle and a zip-line for Boris Johnson.
WHAT VEHICLES WILL FEATURE?
Vote Leave’s ‘let’s fund our NHS instead’ Brexit bus will appear in game
Players will be able to cycle around post-apocalyptic Britain on Jeremy Corbyn’s bike
The game will also feature zip lines like the one Boris Johnson got stuck on in 2012
‘In Brexit Royale, all bets are off as chaos descends upon the nation. All trade links have been shut off, the pound has plummeted into a meaningless currency, leaving the country marooned in a state of crisis,’ Wave Studios said.
‘As the politicians lose their grip, there’s only one way to settle things: the old fashioned way.’
Matching Britain’s divorce from the EU, Brexit Royale is slated for launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 31st, 2019 — with a full gameplay trailer planned for release on September 3.
Indy developer Wave Studios announced the free-to-play Brexit Royale during the 2019 Gamescon held in Cologne, Germany, from August 20–24
Matching Britain’s divorce from the EU, Brexit Royale is slated for launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 31st, 2019 — with a full gameplay trailer planned for release on September 3
Ballot boxes will appear as a weapon in ‘Brexit Royale