Devolver Digital and Megacat Studios are teaming up to create a brand-new SNES game which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues within the game development industry.
Fork Parker’s Crunch Out was announced at the Game Developer Conference today, and is available to preorder at megacatstudios.com for $49.99 right now.
The entirety of Devolver Digital’s profits from the game will go to the Take This organisation, a nonprofit outfit dedicated to "informing the games community about mental health issues, providing education and services within the industry and tackling mental illness prevention."
Descrbed as a "classic arcade-style game" with Devolver Digital's CFO as the maniacal studio head, the game puts a satirical spin on the process of game development, but carries an important message - as Kate Edwards, board member at Take This, explains:
As demonstrated in our 2016 white paper "Crunch Hurts", crunch is an unsustainable practice that exploits game creators' passion at the expense of their physical and mental wellness. We applaud and appreciate Devolver Digital's and Megacat Studios' creative approach to exposing the reality of crunch while generously supporting our mission.
The game will be distributed on cartridge and will come boxed with a printed manual "that will be inevitably lost by a younger sibling", according to the amusingly-written PR. The game is limited to 1,000 physical copies and, as well as being available direct from Megacat Studios, will also be sold at select independent game retailers around the United States.