Though the tragic death of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis cut the band’s career woefully short, the legacy of the group who pioneered the ‘70s post-punk movement lives on through countless reproductions) in clothing, art and music. Now, from Mighty Box Games—an independent Maltese game company—comes, what else? A videogame inspired by the brooding rockers titled Will Love Tear Us Apart.
Thinking of Joy Division’s signature depressing and gloomy songs, the game already sounds like a downer, but then, what did you expect? To have fun? The game explores a relationship on the brink of a breakup. Responding to an eerie partner, the player is encouraged to reflect “on the darker side of love: miscommunication, emotional impasse and the sadness of separation.”
Videogame creator Gordon Calleja said he questioned how he would adapt the song into game form, but eventually ended up designing each verse as a different level. The player examines different evironments, until reaching the point of “com[ing] to terms with the reality of an irreconcilable relationship.”
Get your browser and Prozac at the ready, because the game is available to play here. Watch a trailer below.