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New York, NY – November 8, 2019 – AMC announced today the debut of Airplane Mode, the first video game published by AMC Games, which will be featured during Desert Bus For Hope 2019, the long-running video game charity fundraiser. Created by Hosni Auji, Airplane Mode encourages players to unplug and enjoy a long-haul commercial flight across the Atlantic. For this project, AMC Games also partnered with “slightly off” company sibling IFC for brand promotion and an inflight safety video.


A special alpha build of Airplane Mode is slated to run during Desert Bus For Hope 2019’s livestream the afternoon of Tuesday, November 12. The annual charity event kicks off November 8 at 8am PST with a livestream on and continues so long as the audience donates.


Airplane Mode will officially take off in 2020. Watch the game’s teaser trailer here:


“AMC has always been committed to bringing visionaries’ passion projects to life – on-screen and now in games, and we’re thrilled to launch this new label with the debut of Hosni Auji’s Airplane Mode,” said Clayton Neuman, VP of Gaming for AMC. “The game is as insightful as it is absurd; a meditation on life between destinations, and one that we will be proud to bring to players worldwide next year.”


Players take the role of a window seat passenger for the real-time duration of the flight, experiencing every travel detail – from taxi and take-off to meal service, in-flight entertainment and the behaviors of the cabin crew and fellow passengers. Airplane Mode presents players with randomized flight events in every session, creating an endlessly replayable experience for flight enthusiasts and content creators alike. Additional features include:


  • Fairly accurate satellite imagery of your flight path;
  • Carry-on bag with a book, headphones, pen, and charging cable;
  • Overhead reading light and complimentary aircraft information card;
  • IFC-produced inflight safety video;
  • Chance of inclement weather (turbulence), bad WiFi, and delays;
  • Authentic ambient noise; and
  • Inflight magazine filled with travel articles, crossword and Sudoku.


“Hosni Auji's Airplane Mode captured my attention from the moment I saw the teaser,” said Andrew Ferguson, one of the core organizers of Desert Bus For Hope 2019. “I loved the simplicity of the idea and genuine commitment to the bit. My interest in the game only grew when I learned it had been inspired by Desert Bus itself.  One of my favourite aspects of minimalist games is that the focus can invite us to truly explore the space a developer has built; whether for comedy, aesthetic beauty, delving into social issues, or just to tell a short story. Alt-games, experimental games, and ‘boring’ games push at the boundaries of what’s possible within the medium and it brings me genuine joy to be a small part of Airplane Mode's launch.”


AMC has partnered with several third-party publishers in the creation of video games based on its blockbuster series The Walking Dead. Such games include The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land and The Walking Dead: Our World (Next Games); an integration of Negan into Bandai-Namco’s Tekken 7; The Walking Dead Slots (FTX Games); and The Walking Dead: Endless War (GC Turbo). Airplane Mode is the first game to be published under its new indie publishing label, AMC Games.


For more information on Airplane Mode go to or wish list now on Steam:


About Desert Bus For Hope

With a talented team of volunteers and entertainers ready to sing, dance, act, and more, Desert Bus For Hope has become one of the most successful online charity drives, raising over $5,000,000 over the past twelve years for Child’s Play. Desert Bus is often touted as the world’s most boring video game. The never-released game was part of a set of mini-games designed by magicians Penn and Teller. Players drive the titular bus through the desert from Tucson, AZ to Las Vegas, NV in real time, a full eight-hour trip. Upon succeeding they are awarded a single point and given the option to make an identical return trip to Tucson. With no other traffic or obstacles of any kind, the game becomes an endurance test, as players must pay full attention to the game for eight hours straight to prevent the bus from crashing. To compensate, a dedicated team of volunteers keeps the audience entertained with a mix of planned and unplanned activities—from singing, to dancing, to human pyramids—anything we can do to keep the 'driver' focused, keep our audience interested, and keep the donations coming in. For more information on Desert Bus, please visit


About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with Mad Men in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before Breaking Bad won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series The Walking Dead is the highest-rated series in cable history. AMC’s current original drama series are Better Call Saul, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror, Preacher, McMafia, Lodge 49, NOS4A2, as well as the forthcoming series Dispatches from Elsewhere, Quiz, a third show from the world of The Walking Dead, an episodic anthology from Will Bridges and Brett Goldstein, and the recently greenlit 61st Street and Kevin Can F**k Himself. AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like Talking Dead, AMC Visionaries and Ride with Norman Reedus. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.


About IFC

IFC is the home of offbeat, unexpected comedies. Acclaimed series Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Baroness von Sketch Show, Sherman’s Showcase and the upcoming Year of the Rabbit air alongside fan-favorite movies and comedic cult TV shows. IFC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., and available across multiple platforms. IFC is Always On, Slightly Off.


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