St. Catharines, ON, Canada, Weds. Aug. 21st 2019 – Comic creator Mike Gagnon is proud to announce the release of his first independent video game, Trumpocalypse Now; the story of a near future nuclear apocalypse where America’s surviving politicians must work together for the survival of mankind.
A visual novel-style game, Trumpocalypse Now revolves around a fictional near future where America has been decimated by a nuclear attack and the only thing stepping between the world’s most powerful country and ultimate destruction is Barack Obama…and Donald Trump.
The plot of the game revolves around former President Barack Obama and his mission to stop a mysterious enemy from destroying America. His only hope is to brave the nuclear wastelands of New York to recruit President Donald Trump.
“The first story arc takes the lead characters from the radioactive wastelands of New York to the remains of what was once Chicago, and ultimately to Flint, Michigan.” said Gagnon, in a recent interview. “It’s like “The Odd Couple” meets “Grand Theft Auto” in some ways, but ridiculously satirical. They may just run into the Clinton’s and other recognizable figures along the way too.”
The game itself is created in the popular “visual novel” style, with decisions that change the story-line of the game based on the choices that players make whenever President Trump has to make an important decision. The art is very detailed with comic book-style story and dialogue.
“It’s like buying the first collection of a comic series, and getting the rest of the issues in the series for free.” says Gagnon. “It combines the best of ebooks, graphic novels and video games. I’ve got some hilarious side-missions and characters coming in the future updates.”
Initial release of the game contains the first three chapters, or levels, with new levels and side-missions added in regular monthly updates at no additional charge. The game is expected have 10 levels upon it’s completion, with the final chapter releasing in roughly April of 2020. Instead of a level boss, players must pass a quiz pertaining to U.S. And world history, politics and geography in order to progress to the next chapter.
Trumpocalypse Now is actually the first of what Gagnon terms ALIVEBooks; Digital novels and graphic novels that combine comics, text, animation and video games to create an immersive story experience.
“There’s a lot of anxiety about the future of America and the world right now,” says Gagnon. “Trumpocalypse Now is my response to that, it’s a chance for us all to think and talk about the things that scare us about the state of the world, through the less frightening lens of satire.”
Gagnon says the overall theme of the game is that those in charge, world leaders, need to put their differences aside and work toward the common good of all people in order for us to survive long enough to have a brighter future.
The initial release of Trumpocalypse Now is available in Mac, PC, Android and iOs formats on the creator’s website at www.mikegagnon.ca, with wider distribution and additional sales channels expected to be announced later in 2019.