Many people may not be aware of The Last Worker, a narrative adventure game about "our struggle in an increasingly automated world." It's worth keeping an eye on this game however, because it's a nominee for a Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
Published by Wired Productions, The Last Worker is one of eight games that was announced during March's Wired Direct. While very few details about the game have been released to the public, it has already snagged itself a nomination in the VR Expanded category at the Venice Film Festival. Out of the 37 projects presented in this sidebar category, 23 of them will be competing for a Golden Lion award, and The Last Worker is the only video game in that category.
What do we know about The Last Worker?
As described by its Steam page and official website, the game is about "[humanity's] struggle in an increasingly automated world." Given the title, it's safe to assume it's about the downsides of an automated workforce, especially in how it takes away jobs from human workers. Gameplay-wise, it will be a mix of first-person narrative, work simulation, and stealth strategy.
As for the people behind The Last Worker, it's being written and directed by Jörg Tittel, published by Wired Productions, and developed in a joint effort between Oiffy and Wolf & Wood. The concept art that inspired the game's hand-crafted art style were drawn by comic book artist Mick McMahon, who has worked on series like Judge Dredd and ABC Warriors. However, the rest of the "all-star cast" will be revealed in early September to coincide with the Venice Film Festival.
The Last Worker releases sometime in 2022 on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 5, and Oculus. Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival starts on September 1st and ends on the 11th.