Paranoia: The Official Video Game is officially a thing, and I’m so happy about it! You should be happy too. You did take your mandatory happiness pill today, right?
Good. Anyone who played the darkly humorous pen and paper RPG knows how important it is always to be happy and to trust The Computer. The Computer is our friend, after all.
OK, enough of that. I realize not all of you are RPG dorks how have been playing these games for most of their adolescence…
As I mentioned, Paranoia: The Official Video is based on the pen and paper RPG Paranoia.
It takes the futuristic Alpha Complex, the last safe human city. This city is controlled by an omnipotent AI unknown only as The Computer. The Computer is in charge of every aspect of the city and its population, and it is always right. Saying otherwise is a capital offense.
You play as a Red Clearance Troubleshooter, the lowliest of The Computer’s employees. As a Troubleshooter, your mission is pretty clear – find trouble and shoot it.
Terrorists, mutants and secret societies all represent a threat to the paradise that is Alpha Complex, so naturally, they are your prime targets. Also, you are probably a mutant, and your best friend is likely a communist. So you can’t trust anyone; not even yourself. Indeed, your teammates can be a bigger threat to you than any bad guy, so you constantly need to watch your back.
But don’t worry; The Computer, in his infinite generosity, has given you 5 replacement clones should you get incinerated, terminated or otherwise dead. They are not always faithful copies of the original… but it’s better than nothing, I guess.
That’s all the information we have on Paranoia at the moment. It’s not a lot, but that’s to be expected for a “this is a thing that exists” type of announcement. The developers promise a game that will “frustrate, surprise, and delight players of the genre with something both familiar – and something that defeats their expectations.”
Sounds like fun. And I’m not only saying it because The Computer is watching.
Paranoia: The Official Video is being developed Cyanide and Black Shamrock, and will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No release window was specified, but you can enjoy these wonderful posters while you wait for more information.
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