The first trailer for The Last Worker, a new VR game written and directed by comic creator and film maker Jörg Tittel, working with Mick McMahon and others, has just been released.
The game, from Wired Productions, Oiffy and Wolf & Wood, is a first-person narrative adventure centred around our struggle in an increasingly automated world. It aims to deliver an emotional, thought provoking and comedic story packaged with rich characters performed by an all-star cast, including Jason Isaacs, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Clare-Hope Ashitey and David Hewlett.
Releasing on all platforms this year, The Last Worker, is a narrative adventure centred around our struggle in an increasingly automated and dehumanising world. Set in lonely, oppressive but strangely beautiful environments, it’s a unique blend of first-person narrative, work simulation, action and stealth gameplay.
Featuring handcrafted 3D and 2D visuals based on concepts by comic artist Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd, Batman) and a multi-instrumental score by Oliver Kraus, The Last Worker was the only video game selected by the 78th Venice International Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia), where it was competing for awards in the Venice VR Expanded category.
Combining a hand-crafted art style with uniquely immersive gameplay mechanics in an epic setting, the game aims to deliver an emotional, thought-provoking and comedic story, with rich characters performed by an all-star cast.
Born in Brussels in 1978, Jörg Tittel is a London based writer, director and producer, who downthetubes readers will recognise as the writer of the brilliant graphic novel, Ricky Rouse Has A Gun, a graphic novel drawn by John Aggs, published by SelfMadeHero back in 2014.
His feature film debut The White King starring Jonathan Pryce and Fiona Shaw, which he co-directed with his wife and production partner Alex Helfrecht, premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature. Besides writing and directing The Last Worker, his VR debut, he is currently producing A Winter’s Journey, starring John Malkovich.
Wired Productions is an independent video games publisher based in Watford, UK. Wired has produced and published award-winning titles across all major platforms and its games are curated to deliver on its mantra: ‘Driven by Passion.’ Bringing games to market in both physical and digital media, notable launches to date include The Falconeer, Those Who Remain, Deliver Us The Moon, and more.
“The Last Worker felt entirely unlike every game I’ve played or been a part of, enthused Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Star Trek: Discovery, The Death Of Stalin) last year. “The characters were human and complicated and funny, the story was poignant and personal and, yes, the game-playing was addictive and fun.
“All round it felt fresh, creative and original. When was the last time you had a helper bot from Liverpool?! The creator, Jörg, is a risk-taking nerd of the highest order. Roll on The Last Worker 2… if that’s not a contradiction!”
• The Last Worker will be released in 2022 on Oculus Quest 2 / Quest, Steam VR, Steam, Epic Games Store, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.