The controversial video game called Brexit Royale has drawn criticism from MPs and civilians – but has been exposed as a hoax.
It is thought to be a PR stunt but incited fury as its central idea was a fight to the death in an apocalyptic post-Brexit Britain.
The supposedly upcoming PS4 and Xbox One game claimed contenders would both scavenge for food supplies and fight to be the last one standing.
Players were presented with the possibility of choosing their avatar from a range of options, including politicians Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Michael Gove.
Other options include ‘maddened civilians thirsty for blood’.
The Brexit-themed faux game has drawn severe criticism for being deeply insensitive and misleading the public following recent spate of horrific attacks in ‘Wild West Britain’ and following last year’s tragic murder of West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox.
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Controversial video game Brexit Royale which will feature MPs and Britons fighting to the death to survive after an apocalyptic Brexit has sparked fury among politicians
‘After the death of Jo Cox, to see a game promoting violence to MPs due to Brexit is sickening,’ Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones told the Star.
‘Although we absolutely do not condone violence against MPs in real life, we have seen such interest in this game since teasing it,’ said a Wave Studios spokesperson in a statement provided to MailOnline.
‘[We] can only thank the politicians for helping to make the concept of Brexit Royale game so realistic.’
‘This is not specifically about civilians fighting politicians, it is a post-apocalyptic survival game with every man for themselves.’
‘Brexit has been a depressing, endless process that absolutely everyone is sick off, so we wanted to have fun with the concept by turning it into a Battle Royale game.’
WHICH CHARACTERS CAN YOU PICK?
Players can choose as their avatar either key politicians — such as Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Michael Gove — or ‘maddened civilians’.
The game followed the Battle Royale format made popular by such games as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
These combine the exploration and scavenging elements of survival games with a last-one-standing-wins deathmatch.
‘We’re confronted daily with the vision of our leaders in the grip of destructiveness, playing a real-life game of Battle Royale, aiming to be the last man or woman standing, as the UK feels a collective powerlessness,’ said Wave Studios.
‘No one has any idea how to resolve this mess — so we wanted to imagine a world in which everyone takes matters into their own hands, by breathing a bit of life into this whole sordid situation. Everyone loves a Battle Royale.’
Players can choose as their avatar either key politicians — such as Boris Johnson, Theresa May and Michael Gove — or ‘maddened civilians thirsty for blood’
WHAT WEAPONS WILL PLAYERS EQUIP IN BREXIT ROYALE?
Ballot boxesBig Ben figurine Blue passportsCocaine (to throw at Michael Gove) Crossbow that fires wheat UK flagpolesEU flagpolesLeave picket signsRemain picket signsRation boxes Water cannon
Combining first- and third-person gameplay, Brexit Royale claimed competitors would choose their side — leave or remain — and brawl using Brexit-themed weapons.
These include blue passports, leave and remain picket signs, water cannons and a Theresa May special — the wheat-firing crossbow.
Each character was designated with its own class, according to the PR firm behind the deception, Kairos Media.
Kotaku, an independent website, found that manager of Kairo Media, Jessica Williams was behind the idea.
‘This is a hoax we’ve been playing on the tabloids,’ Ms Williams told the site in a phone call.
The motivation, was to relaunch a subsidiary firm.
‘[we are] Relaunching [KYMA] around these things.’
The game’s map will feature a condensed version of the British Isles, with locales including the House of Commons and Big Ben, pictured
Among the in-game weapons will be UK and EU flagpoles
Players will be able to dress their character in a variety of skins, from different suits for the politicians all the way to a pig’s head — an homage to ex-PM David Cameron
‘In Brexit Royale, all bets are off as chaos descends upon the nation. All trade links have been shut off, the pound has plummeted into a meaningless currency, leaving the country marooned in a state of crisis,’ Wave Studios said n its bogus press release. .
‘As the politicians lose their grip, there’s only one way to settle things: the old fashioned way.’
Matching Britain’s divorce from the EU, Brexit Royale is slated for launch on the PS4 and Xbox One on October 31st, 2019 — with a full gameplay trailer planned for release on September 3.
Leaver and Remainer protest placards will feature as in-game weapons