Prepare the sensor button
If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it’s like to press the buttons on a live broadcast and try to keep it all together, Not for broadcast is just around the corner to give you a chance. The full motion video (FMV) Sim game will officially launch on January 25, 2022.
Not for broadcast has been in Early Access on Steam for a while, but NotGames and TinyBuild are launching the full production at the end of the month. The 1.0 version update will include Episode 3, which has three broadcasts and over 17 hours of new TV content, as well as new ads, story closings, challenges and more.
The setup of Not for broadcast is that you are a new technical producer for National Nightly News. Using a production board, you decide which angles go live, which ones advertise for air, and which gangs slip through without a resounding “beep”.
Of course, nothing is ever that simple. It goes wrong, from electrical issues to small mini-games you will have to complete while the show continues. And all the while, of course, it makes both the advertisers and bigshots upstairs happy.
Fun fact: I worked at a news station for a while! And after playing the demo for Not for broadcast a while back I found that its portrayal of the technical aspects of TV production – hitting cameras, switching live during interviews – was both fun and at least somewhat similar to how it really works. The granular aspects level off, but you’ll probably have moments where you lose track of the interview and let a shot linger too long.
Reviews of Early Access seem pretty positive on Steam, and from what I’ve seen of the story’s content, Not for broadcast seems to have a satirical approach to modern society. And with all the FMV games coming out these days, it’s fun to watch such an add a new twist to the genre. Like Night trap but with news instead of parachutes. You can find Not for broadcast on Steam, GOG and Epic Games Store.