It’s always a strange and exciting experience for any fan of video games when the medium seems to find itself venturing into unknown territory with the likes of more established forms of media. Whether that be in film adaptation, TV spots at major sporting events or in this case, at awards shows. What’s even more of an exciting experience is when the gaming sphere ventures into territory that no one was really ever expecting.
Like many during the course of the last 18-months, writer and director of the upcoming indie title The Last Worker, Jörg Tittel was spending his days cooked up at home, working away on his upcoming project. Similar to most occurrences in the last 18-months, Tittel was interrupted seemly out of the blue by an email confirming that his project, The Last Worker had been nominated in the VR Expanded category at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.
Speaking to Gaming Sandbox, Tittel noted both his elation and surprise at the news:
I was both surprised and over the moon. It’s always been my dream to have a film in the Venice Film Festival – my mother wrote the music for Agnès Varda’s SANS TOIT NO LOI which won the Golden Lion in 1985 – and I’m even happier that it’s with a videogame!
With The Last Worker being the only videogame to be nominated at the festival, Tittel was even more in shock at the fact it was nominated but was nonetheless delighted with the validation that this nomination brought not only to himself but also to the teams at Wired Productions, Oiffy and Wolf & Wood.
This nomination is a beautiful validation of our crazy hard work, passion and the amazing talent behind the game – but we still have a long and exciting journey ahead of us! The stakes and expectations have been raised even higher!
With the news beginning to spread, many took to Twitter to congratulate and celebrate the nomination:
Congratulations to @WiredP, @oiffy, @wolfandwood & @newjorg for the nomination at the Venice International Film Festival.
The Last Worker is the only game to be nominated in the VR Expanded category. pic.twitter.com/mVBQamKjCx
— Finger Guns 👉 👉 (@FNGRGNS) July 30, 2021
Only went and did it! Congrats pal, fab to see
— Marijam Didžgalvytė (@marijamdid) July 29, 2021
With The Last Worker set to release sometime in 2022, there’s still a lot to look forward to from the team over at Oiffy and Wolf & Wood. If you’d like to keep up to date with all the news surrounding The Last Worker you can check out their website and if you’re eagerly awaiting the release of the game you can wishlist it over on Steam!
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