Privates was made for E4, the mainly teenage orientated British TV channel and was available as a free download on the Channel 4 website. However the original download link has since been removed and the game is only available on third-party download sites.
The game is a sex education title, aimed at teaching teenagers about what diseases they are at risk of contacting while having sex. Privates casts you in the role of a Marine squad leader commanding a small band of wash-outs known as Foxtrot Company. The game consists of five levels, each of which is set in or on a "private" area (a vagina, a scrotum, etc). The player is tasked with identifying and eliminating any sexually transmitted infections the area is suffering from. This includes acts such as using anti-viral blasts to eliminate barriers made of herpes blisters, machine-gunning pubic lice, and even fending off the occasional wave of errant sperm.
Xbox Live Release
Privates was coded using Microsoft's XNA platform, with release intended for both PC and the XBL Indie Games service. While the PC version is now available for free, it appears that the Indie Games release is unlikely due to the pervasively sexual nature of the game. Xbox spokesperson David Dennis released a statement stating that "While we haven't seen this game, we can confirm that if it is consistent with the description we have seen on the Internet, this game would not pass peer review and would not be permitted to be distributed on Xbox Live."
On September 17th 2010 it was confirmed canned by Dan Marshall, one of the developers of the game, saying, "It's a shame, but it's something we'd always pretty much assumed would happen."