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Need to Know





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2016-02-15: title added to greenlight with the title of 'Need to Know'
2016-02-25: status changed from 'Waiting' to 'Greenlit'
2016-06-03: item has been marked as Incompatable
2016-06-04: item has been marked as Compatable
2018-07-19: status changed from 'Greenlit' to 'Released'
Ascend the ranks of the NSA-like Department of Liberty. Will you stand up for privacy, or help create an unstoppable police state?
You must spy on citizens, pick apart their private lives, and determine how dangerous they are. You can also resist these suffocating privacy invasions by aiding underground groups and leaking internal reports to the media. Or, you can just use all of that juicy classified information for your own, personal gain. Your call.





Welcome to the Department of Liberty.


Ascend the ranks of the NSA-like Department of Liberty. Will you stand up for privacy, or help create an unstoppable police state?

You must spy on citizens, pick apart their private lives, and determine how dangerous they are. You can also resist these suffocating privacy invasions by aiding underground groups and leaking internal reports to the media. Or, you can just use all of that juicy classified information for your own, personal gain. Your call.

Need to Know emphasises story, and will sculpt the crushing growth of our real-world surveillance society into a meaningful, gripping journey. It critiques the system by passing the uncomfortable (or too comfortable?) mantle of power onto your shoulders, and testing which choices you’ll make. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll sweat bullets under the searing blaze of an interrogation lamp.

SUPPORT US ON KICKSTARTER HERE: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monomythgames/need-to-know-the-mass-surveillance-thriller-game

Features


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 to access 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 to help others, for financial gain (not, strictly speaking, legal), or even in romantic encounters (not, strictly speaking, moral).



Chapter-based storytelling – We will intertwine gameplay with a story structure that eliminates grinding, for satisfying payoffs and real character progression.

Meaningful moral choices – Your actions lead to in-game consequences that actually matter. Negative choices can cause 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, and more. In some 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.

Design – We’ve tried to avoid a more clinical, text-based surveillance design, by injecting as much colour and imagery as possible. The look and feel of the game will evolve and improve as development progresses.



A catastrophic terrorist attack leads to the formation of a new and immense intelligence agency – the Department of Liberty. Its primary goals are to hunt down those responsible, and prevent further attacks. It will carry these out with unprecedented access to people’s daily lives.

In Washington, the DoL grapples with rival agencies for political supremacy, combats domestic threats, and ruthlessly silences its opponents.



Join the DoL as an idealistic, but broke, graduate. Every day you spy on people, collect their data, and determine their threat level. You hate it, but every facet of your life is a complete mess. You need the money, and intend to leave as soon as you can. At least, that’s your plan…



As you progress up through Clearance Levels, you earn a higher salary, more respect, greater powers, perks, and access to top secret information. Slowly, you are tempted by authority and recognition you’ve never experienced. Decide how to use these privileges. Will you stick to your principles and defend people’s privacy, or succumb to the allure of absolute power?

All stories are really just a series of character choices. The more challenging the choices, the more captivating the story. We’ve worked hard to give you difficult decisions that will impact your character, and create some memorable moments.

TO READ MORE, VISIT OUR PROJECT ON KICKSTARTER: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/monomythgames/need-to-know-the-mass-surveillance-thriller-game