Muse Games has announced that they will be publishing their frenetic firefighting simulator Embr with Curve Digital. The multiplayer experience is more of an unsimulator as there are so many hilarious ways to just get things wrong.
It’s fair to say the ‘unsimulator’ genre – where there’s much hilarity to be had in getting things wrong – is one we’ve had our eye on for some time, which made Embr such an interesting prospect. Embr is also a game with a message, however. A stark look at a privatized world where the gig economy is king, and the ramifications that stem from that. It’s a combination we couldn’t resist.Simon Byron, Publishing Director, Curve Digital
Players jump into the previously announced world of Embr where firefighting has become privatized. So what if one doesn’t have any training and is afraid of fire, there is money to be made. As one ventures through the various missions to earn money, they can upgrade their firefighting tools and lease better vehicles.
One will need to be business smart as competition from the Canadian firefighting startup Hosr is out to make a name for themselves. Only by being creative and competitive while working together with other players will they be successful as they take on complex systems involving water, fire, gas, electricity and structural integrity.
Embr is set in a hyper-capitalist, deregulated alt-present world where public firefighting funding has run dry, and venture capitalism and e-hailing rule the roost. If that all sounds rather loaded – and, indeed, familiar – the gameplay itself is far more upbeat. It’s fair to say our take on firefighting isn’t your everyday simulator.
Our ‘Embr Respondrs’ might be untrained and unskilled, but they’re a creative bunch, and it’s fair to say their solutions for putting out those domestic blazes are as brilliantly makeshift as they are ridiculously entertaining.Howard Tsao, Team Lead, Muse Games
Muse Games (@MuseGames Twitter) is an independent New York City based game development studio that is focused on co-op gameplay and AI. Their original game, Guns of Icarus, was released in 2010. The studio was a very early adopter of Unity and makes all of their games in Unity.
Curve Digital (@CurveDigital Twitter) is a leading publisher of games on PC and consoles. Founded in 2005 by Jason Perkins, the company is a British video game publisher based in London, England. Since 2013 the company has been working with game developers to bring their games to the global market with hits such as Dear Esther and Human: Fall Flat. The publisher has also won awards such as the Indie Games Publisher of the Year at the 2018 and 2019 MCV Awards.