The End

Press Information

The End is a free, online web-game commissioned by Channel 4 Education, and scheduled for release in August 2011.

It is a game of self-discovery for 14-19 year olds which integrates strategy, puzzles and philosophical questions into a world which explores a range of commonly (or less commonly) held views about death, belief and science.

The game takes the player on a metaphysical journey, recording their interactions in the world to reveal their attitudes towards mortality. These views are presented alongside their friends and some of the most important thinkers of our time, such as Gandhi, Descartes and Einstein.

Set across three worlds - Mind, Body and Spirit - the player must use a unique shadow ‘n’ light mechanic to solve physics-based puzzles, answer questions and battle the world’s Guardians. The ultimate prizes are the Death Objects, ranging from a memorial diamond to a human heart, which deepen a player’s contextual knowledge of death and help them progress through the game.

The End is produced by award-winning games studio Preloaded with content from the mega brained Tom Chatfield (author of Fun INC). It has been illustrated with the ninja pencil skills of Luke Pearson and has an original score composed by Peter Mauder of Phonotheque. Additional consultancy has also been provided by Nigel Warburton (creator of the successful Philosophy Bites podcasts).

Download the full press release (PDF)

Please use the project's hashtag (#playtheend) and credit @C4education / @Preloaded when applicable.

Press assets

Please feel free to embed the game trailer video into your site. The video can also be provided as a separate file on request.

Embeddable trailer on YouTube

A selection of screenshots from the game, including some hi-resolution shots, can be viewed and downloaded from our Flickr account.

Montage of screenshots from The End

Download a complete set of screenshots (27MB .zip)

Further information

For further information please contact:

Channel 4 Education
Rebecca Ladbury
+44 (0) 208 969 3934
Phil Stuart, Creative Director
+44 (0) 20 7684 3505

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