The video game that lets you try your hand at selling a Big Issue-style street paper is slated for a full release in January after a year of fine tuning.
CHANGE: A Homeless Survival Experience launched under PC store Steam’s Early Access banner last October, promising to show players some of the realities of homelessness.
We spoke to developers Delve Interactive’s co-founder Danny Hayes about how his own brush with homelessness inspired the video game and how one of the career paths on offer features The Daily Issue – a wink and a nod to a certain UK street paper.
Players are tasked with surviving as a rough sleeper on the streets in the game, which involves managing basic health and hunger needs as well as trying to earn the cash and job opportunities that will offer a route out of homelessness.
The game is slated to leave Early Access – an initiative where developers can release games before they are finished to get players’ feedback to improve the finished product – at the start of next year.
Hayes and the small team behind the game spent last weekend showcasing their progress at the UK’s biggest game convention EGX, where he told The Big Issue that the video game had been well-received in the 12 months it has been available to play.