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The Last Worker

Venice VR Expanded

Director:
Jörg Tittel
Production:
Oiffy (Jörg Tittel), Wolf Wood (Ryan Bousfield)
Running Time:
30’
Language:
English
Country:
UK, Taipei* (*as per Institutional practices)
Main Cast:
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jason Isaacs, Clare-Hope Ashitey, David Hewlett
Screenplay:
Jörg Tittel
Platform:
Oculus
Devices:
Oculus Quest1/Quest 2
Developer:Wolf & Wood
Creative director:Ryan Bousfield
Game designer:Kris King
Lead artist:Anthony Murphy
Artist:Rory Peace
Lead programmer:Harry Stephenson
Gameplay programmers:Joseph Whitehead, Carlo Grossi
Programmer:Daniel Bowler
Character design:Mick McMahon
Composer:Oliver Kraus
2D animation:Vanja Vikalo

Synopsis

The Last Worker is a narrative adventure centred around our struggle in an increasingly automated and dehumanising world. Set in a lonely, oppressive but strangely beautiful environment, this is a unique blend of first-person narrative, work simulation and stealth strategy game play. Combining a hand-crafted art style with uniquely immersive gameplay mechanics in an epic setting, the game delivers an emotional, thought provoking and comedic story with rich characters performed by an all-star cast. The story puts the player in the body of Kurt, the last human worker in JFC-1, a fulfilment centre the size of the sunken city of Manhattan. Kurt has dedicated his life to the Jüngle Corporation and hasn’t seen the outside world in 25 years. But when a group of activists ask Kurt to help dismantle Jüngle from the inside, he is thrown into a moral minefield where each decision will have unexpected consequences. In this world premiere first chapter, players will experience a brutal power fantasy, dive into Kurt’s past and meet his broken co-bot, Skew, as their old work routine is about to be disrupted forever.

Director’s Statement

With billions of customers forced to stay at home, one virus has been allowed to spread far and wide—one smiling box at a time— setting its architect on a path to becoming the world’s first trillionaire. He’s smiling down at us from his rocket ship, watching the ballet of his delivery drones infecting our planet. What reads like the stuff of bad sci-fi novels has become our new normal. I fear for humanity’s future in a world redrawn by tech giants, their AI boxing our most intimate thoughts, lives and feelings into commodified, consolidated content. I hope that The Last Worker will inspire resistance while offering a much-needed escape from a reality that is outpacing the darkest fiction.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Jörg Tittel – Oiffy
10B Lyme Terrace
NW1 0SN – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 02074827206
Mob. +44 07765109387
jorg@oiffy.com
http://www.oiffy.com

PRODUCTION 2: Ryan Bousfield – Wolf Wood
Baltimore House, Baltic Business Quarter
NE8 3DF – Gateshead, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 07590491553
ryanbousfield@wolfandwood.co
http://www.wolfandwood.co

INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Gareth Williams, Anastasia Denisova, Tegan Kenny – Wired Productions
Interchange, 4 Colonial Way
WD24 4WP – Watford, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 01923 211238
gareth@wiredproductions.com
anastasia@wiredproductions.com
tegan@wiredproductions.com
http://www.wiredproductions.com/

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Jörg Tittel – Oiffy
10B Lyme Terrace
NW1 0SN – London, United Kingdom
Mob. +44 07765109387


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