Apocalypse Now, the cult hit by Francis Ford Coppola made in 1979, is about to become its very own video game thanks to a bunch of loyal fans and talented game developers. After four decades, perhaps one of the most anticipated video game adaptations will be released soon. And here are 5 facts about the game to keep the hype up.
1) It’s being made by veteran developers
Of course, an undertaking of this kind will need to be handled by experts in the field of gaming since it won’t be easy trying to recreate a legendary spectacle of cinema. The team behind the game will include the likes of Rob Auten, who wrote blockbuster games like Gears of War, Battlefield and Far Cry.
Lawrence Liberty, who was the director and producer behind Fallout: New Vegas, The
Witcher and DC Universe Online will be part of the team. Montgomery Markland who also produced Wasteland: 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera will be joining the fray as well.
On the design front, leading the department will be legendary Josh Sawyer from Obsidian Entertainment, who was behind Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity. That’s quite a team!
2) It is being funded on Kickstarter
The full project is up for funding on Kickstarter with a goal of $900,000. At the time of writing this, the team has already racked up over $61,000. With under a month left under its belt, the project might reach its goal just yet!
3) Not your regular RPG
The aim of the design of the game is to inhabit a world that psychedelic and straight out of the movie itself. That means more than dialogue, actions and postures will make the difference in how the player will traverse the world and make their choices. The makers claim that this isn’t as simple as a ‘Call of Duty in Vietnam’.
4) It’s got Coppola’s blessings and full support!
Coppola already was inspiring gamers everywhere after a game based on the Godfather series was made. This time around, the director is actively taking part in the activities of the development and has expressed his support. In his words, “Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come. Today, I’m joined by new daredevils, a team who want to make an interactive version of Apocalypse Now, where you are Captain Benjamin Willard amidst the harsh backdrop of the Vietnam War. I’ve been watching videogames grow into a meaningful way to tell stories, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities for Apocalypse Now for a new platform and a new generation.”
5) Play as Captain Willard
The story of the game surrounds the travails of Captain Willard, who the player will be controlling throughout the game. The story revolves around the Captain, who is sent on a mission to assassinate renegade Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.k. The player will be traversing through scenes that include dingy hotels, to exotic dangerous forests and also take part in stealth combat missions. Basically, they will be traversing through the rough terrains and horrors that the Vietnam war had brought.