Headliner: NoviNews is a “Papers, Please meets Oxenfree meets visual novel” adventure where you play as news editor

Decide which articles to publish and watch as the city changes day by day. Shape the lives of four main characters through media. Before you start you can see the previous player’s ending, and share your own story at the end. Foreign terrorist threat, strange men in trench-coats, and genetic modification are just one of the themes that make Headliner stand out from the rest.
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Headliner: NoviNews is out on PC (via Steam and Kartridge) and coming to Nintendo Switch soon. It has won The Best Game of Intel Buzz Workshop (Seattle, 2018) and has been a finalist or official selection for other events, such as PAX (twice!) or MomoCon awards. Our previous HEADLINER game has also been used to teach a class on media literacy at the Pacific Buddhist Academy.

A stack of news article sits on your desk, two stampers on each side – green to approve, red to reject. Your reporting team is hacking away in the background as corporate music plays through the loudspeaker. It’s time to make decisions. Will you endorse nationalized healthcare, even though your love interest is worried about increased wait times? Will you demonize the new synthetic alcoholic drink, even though your boss stressed they are an important investor? Will you support current government, as tensions grow between the neighboring country?

  • A city that changes and responds to your media influence
  • Cast of believable characters with their own struggles
  • Numerous outcomes and unique endings
  • Randomized events and articles enhance replay value