New Video Game Forecasts Britain’s Brexit Future… in Space
Date Posted: December 7, 2016
Belfast-based video game developer Billy Goat Entertainment has today launched Her Majesty’s SPIFFING on Xbox One and Steam with a PlayStation 4 release scheduled on Tuesday 13th December.
The game tells the tale of S.P.I.F.F.I.N.G (Special Planetary Investigative Force For Inhabiting New Galaxies), which was established by Her Majesty the Queen following the political developments of summer 2016 and Britain’s increasing isolation from global society. Having concluded the elected representatives at Westminster were no longer fit to govern, the Queen turned to the stars in a bid to establish a new, Galactic British Empire through S.P.I.F.F.I.N.G.
Her Majesty’s SPIFFING received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI.
The adventure introduces players to the space boots of Captain Frank Lee English, a quintessential Englishman sporting impeccable manners, a taste for Earl Grey and an unwavering love for Britannia. Accompanied by Sub-Lieutenant Aled Jones on board the HMSS Imperialise, players are invited to play in a modern interpretation of a classic point-and-click adventure where puzzle solving is intermingled with hilarious wit and sharp one-liners.
Will Barr, Director, Billy Goat Entertainment said: “We’ve been working on Her Majesty’s SPIFFING for the past three years with the intent of bringing the spirit of a classic point-and-click adventure to the modern era.We wanted to make the genre a bit more current, taking a type of game typically tied to keyboard and mouse and bring it to the masses, turn it into a real mainstream hit. That’s what we told our bank manager at least and he bought it.
“That and, during these times of uncertainty, I believe SPIFFING goes some way to quell people’s fears in a post-Brexit Britain. I mean, the pollsters didn’t think we’d ever leave the EU, so who’s to say the Queen won’t return the UK to an autocratic government and commission an intergalactic space organisation tasked with establishing a Galactic British Empire? Stranger things have happened.”
Billy Goat Entertainment began life as a commercial animations studio, working on adverts for Irish television.
A full trailer for the game can be found here.