Need to Know the surveillance thriller sim releases on Linux, Mac and Windows. Where gameplay tests your ability and integrity. Since you are part of the shadowy, cutthroat world of a modern intelligence agency – the Department of Liberty. Available on Steam, GOG and Humble Store.
So Need to Know will have you spying on people’s deepest secrets. Therefore it’s up to you to pick apart their private lives. And also determine how dangerous they are.
Players can resist these suffocating privacy invasions by aiding underground groups. While leaking data to the media. Or, just releasing all of that juicy classified information for your own personal gain. It’s really your call, now that the game launches.
Also, if you like the Orwell games, you will appreciate Need to Know.
Need to Know surveillance thriller sim Release Trailer (Linux, Mac, Windows)
- Clearance Levels – Everything hinges upon your Clearance Level. Impress your superiors, and they will promote you to a higher level, unlocking cooler (and creepier) powers, classified information, and prestige.
- Surveillance – Early Clearance Levels only allow you access to a target’s metadata or browsing history. As you progress, you bore deeper into their lives, with geo-tracking, shopping patterns, and even drone surveillance.
- Individual targets – Your Department database is packed with citizens’ profiles, with colourful biographies, human flaws, and realistic dilemmas.
- Executive powers – As you ascend the ranks, you are forced to make increasingly unsettling decisions. Will you fuel your rise to power with searches, wiretaps, smear campaigns and abductions? Or will you covertly undermine the Department from the inside?
- Personal life – Choose whether to use intel and powers outside of work, whether to help others, for financial gain (not, strictly speaking, legal), or even in romantic encounters (not, strictly speaking, moral).
Story and Choice:
- Chapter-based storytelling – We intertwine gameplay with story structure, for satisfying payoffs, real character progression, and to eliminate grinding.
- Meaningful moral choices – No morality meter, and no ‘Good/Evil’ decision moments. Instead, actions cause in-game consequences that actually matter. Your choices can lead to bombings, false arrests, corrupt bankers escaping prosecution or even (gasp) your own demotion.
- Classified data – Each new Clearance Level exposes classified data, much of which will help you with assignments, and in your crusade against (or for) the Department.
- Assets & Prestige – As your salary grows, impress and intimidate peers with new homes, cars, suits, and more. In too many games, you rise to the peak of every possible rank/guild/achievement metric, yet even the lowest peons still treat you like a nobody. Not here.