Developer Muse Games along with publisher Curve Digital have set the gaming world ablaze with Embr the firefighting unsimulator now in early access and on Gogole Stadia. The multiplayer title puts players in hilarious situations in the new fictional firefighting gig economy.
With Embr, we set out to shine a satirical light on the gig-economy – not in terms of the people making those deliveries and driving those taxis, but rather the companies at the top powering this particular brand of venture capitalism and deregulation.Howard Tsao, Team Lead at Muse Games
The game is meant to be an intentional satire take on the gig economy. Players are thrown into the idea they can be just a swipe away from being a firefighter. After all who needs training?
Working by themselves or together online in teams, players can tackle any blaze they want to earn tips from clients. Earning that critical 5 star rating earns more cash, upgrade tools and just maybe make the player the ultimate app firefighter.
On a gameplay basis, we also wanted to see just what mayhem would occur if the untrained masses headed out with a hose and tried to put out fires in the same way people deliver take-out or drive people around in makeshift taxis. The end result is just as fun and frenetic as we thought it would be. It just makes you appreciate what a difficult and almost impossible job real-life firefighters do.Howard Tsao, Team Lead at Muse Games
There are a variety of missions for players to earn money. With that money tools can be upgraded and better equipment can be leased. At the same time there is stiff competition from a competing startup, the Canadian app Hosr. Staying competitive and planning firefighting and rescue operations allows for more success.
Dense environments require players to work together. Complex systems such as water, fire, gas, electricity and structure integrity all interact in various ways. Cross-platform multiplayer support allows Steam players to play with Stadia players and vice-versa.
Embr is now allowing players to fight fires in early access at the base price of $19.99 USD. Players can purchase the game at Humble Bundle which provides a Steam key. In addition an Embr 2-Pack and Ember 4-Pack are available at larger discounts on Humble Bundle which provides additional copies for one’s friends. The game is also available on Google Stadia.
More information about Embr can be found on the game’s website at embrgame.com.
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.
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