On January 31 – the day the UK officially begins the process of leaving the EU – a game set in post-Brexit dystopia launches on the Switch.
The political satire game launched on Steam in the second half of 2018, around two years after the Brexit vote. The Switch version Not Tonight: Take Back Control Edition will include both the original game and the One Love DLC, which is a separate purchase on Steam.
Not Tonight would surely want a referendum. Set in a dystopian Britain ruled by a far-right government, the player must scrounge up a living as a bouncer. Using a phone app called BouncR, you find jobs. You check the lists for parties while keeping the attendees civil, among other tasks, while managing your apartment on the side. Not Tonight is described by the developers as a management game “fusing a time-pressure RPG with a tale of dark humour.”
The One Love DLC switches the setting to France (as Britain is burning) where the character “Lion’s Head Dave” is looking for love. You continue the same bouncing duties while also mixing drinks and look for dates with the FlamR app.
The publisher and developer are straightforward about their views on Brexit – the game is hardly subtle. That being said, if you're a UK citizen and are feeling down about Brexit, perhaps this game will be a pleasing accompaniment. If you feel up about Brexit, you might still play it for the Papers, Please overtones, though perhaps thinking this is what would happen if Britain remained in the EU.
Either way, get ready to give your Switch a toast of dark political satire come the 31st.
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