Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory takes us troubleshooting in 2019

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Contrary to Disney propaganda, Alpha Complex is the happiest place on Earth. You now this as a result of the Computer says so, and disagreeing with Friend Computer is treason. Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory is a long-awaited videogame adaptation of the darkly comedian tabletop RPG, developed by Black Shamrock and Cyanide, and out later this 12 months. Players lead a squad of elite (not likely) Troubleshooters, probably the most expendable of all red-clearance clone residents in Alpha Complex, a dystopian underground metropolis. There’s hassle? You shoot it. With a smile. See the debut trailer beneath.

We’ve recognized {that a} PC adaptation of Paranoia was on its means since last March, however at this time we get our first peek on the game’s world. We do know that it begins out as any good game of Paranoia does: A handful of red-clearance clones (almost the bottom of the low) are assigned a mission of nice significance by The Computer, the unhinged AI that runs town. As Troubleshooters, you’re tasked with looking terrorists, mutants and secret societies, and if that is something just like the tabletop game, you’re already a mutant and a member of a secret society. The terrorist half is probably going, too.

There is perhaps a bit much less backstabbing than your common tabletop game of Paranoia, as you get to create and management all 4 members of your squad. Combat will likely be pausable real-time, and loss of life (and re-cloning) will likely be a part of character development, though the precise mechanics of this haven’t been revealed but. There will apparently be sixteen expertise to concentrate on, however to date all we all know is that there’s tactical laser-fights, loss of life is inevitable and that you just’ll be main a four-character social gathering. We clearly don’t have the required clearance for more information, and asking for extra is treason.

I’ve all the time been of the opinion that Paranoia on the tabletop is finest performed as Sealab 2021: The Game. Story arcs? Character growth? Who wants these when you may have a self-contained comedy of escalating idiocy and errors that ends in some cataclysmic failure that wipes the social gathering. Bonus factors if the horrible explosion that claims your lives occurs throughout your debriefing underneath the watchful eye of The Computer. While I doubt that degree of concentrated chaos will likely be doable in Happiness Is Mandatory, I hope for loads of alternatives to screw every little thing up.

Paranoia: Happiness Is Mandatory is due out later this 12 months. You can discover it here on Steam. It’s to be revealed by Bigben Interactive.