Mr. Robot is one of the most popular shows in the world right now, proven by the fact that USA Network recently renewed the series for a third season. However, if you're a fan of the show, then there is even more reason to be happy as Telltale Games and NBCUniversal Brand Development have partnered together to release Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn — a new iOS and Android game based on the hit series. If you're unfamiliar with them, Telltale is the gaming company responsible for the successful games based on hit franchises including The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones, Fables and most recently their own Batman game.
Night School Studio developed Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn in collaboration with the creative team behind Mr. Robot. Read an excerpt of the press release below:
“Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn extends the narrative experience of the award-winning TV series, allowing players to become personally intertwined with the characters of the underground hacker group, fsociety. Players will be using the mysterious new E Corp Messaging App over the course of a week, playing in real time, and carefully communicating with its members as they race to recover data that is critical to their goals of hacking the multinational company Evil Corp.”
Sean Krankel, co-founder of Night School Studio, elaborated further:
"Working hand in hand with Sam [Esmail], series writer Kor Adana and UCP, we've created an opportunity for players to meaningfully interact with characters like Elliot (Rami Malek), Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Cisco (Michael Drayer), truly feeling like they're joining the hack at a critical moment in the TV series. As fans, it's nothing short of a dream come true for us."
It's apparent from this that the game gives players the unique feel of being inside the exhilarating world of Mr. Robot. The idea of a game based on a hacking show sounds pretty standard, but the truth is is that there is much more to it.
The Medium Is Perfect For Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot is the perfect show to have a companion game because the show relies heavily on the idea of control and who is in control. Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn puts us — the gamers — in control of the situation allowing us to decide the next move. As Telltale have had much success in the past with their storytelling techniques, I couldn't think of any other gaming developer more equipped for the job of tackling Mr. Robot — Telltale puts huge emphasis on storytelling and tends to focus more on the story and less on the action. Similarly, Mr. Robot is praised for its writing and storytelling so it really was a match made in heaven.
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Moreover, the fact that we, the viewer, technically exist in the Mr. Robot universe — albeit in Elliot's head as his confidante and friend — the game essentially puts us in control and allows us to take the reigns for once. Elliot often talks to us but we never have say in what happens next. This game gives fans of the show the unique opportunity to be able to play and decide the next move instead of letting Elliot make the next move for us.
The show is highly interactive; it cracks the fourth wall as Elliot often talks to us — the voice in his head — about what we think or what we would do in a particular situation, but obviously we don't really get to decide. A game based on the series would essentially allow us to break that fourth wall completely as we could answer the questions and make the next move.
The Continuity Of The Show
Setting the game during the infamous E-Corp hack is a genius idea because it allows Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn to exist within the continuity of the show. Not only does this stay true to the characters and the storyline, but it doesn't feel like a cheap attempt at cashing in on a successful series. Moreover, due to the nature of the show, it would've been foolish to miss out on an opportunity for an interactive game, and the finished product appears to be a clever idea that transports gamers into the world of Mr. Robot. Steve Allison, SVP, Publishing at Telltale Games had this to say on the matter:
"There's a distinct Telltale style to all of the character interactions that our fans will find familiar, and fans of the show will be engrossed all through the night as they race to help fsociety pull off the unthinkable."
It's exciting to know that the Telltale style is not only intact, but we are put in charge of the important decisions and if we're not careful, our decisions could have repercussions for everyone involved.
Mr. Robot is the perfect show to have a companion game and if Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltratiOn is as successful as I imagine it would be, I cannot help but wonder if there will be a follow-up. I'm thoroughly looking forward to playing it.
Mr. Robot shows no signs of slowing down as it plays out it second season and, with a third season already secured, it looks like we'll be seeing Elliot Alderson and fsociety for several more years to come.
Check out the trailer for Mr. Robot Season 2 before you dive into the game:
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