We keep saying that game announcements should be closer to their release date, yet we can’t help but feel excited about an Apocalypse Now game.
The Kickstarter page is now live for a video game based on Francis Ford Coppola’s classic film. Coppola himself gave his approval and issued a special message about the project.
“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come”, wrote Coppola. “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 video games 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.”
In order to make the Apocalypse Now game, the Coppola family’s film studio, American Zoetrope, will work alongside veterans from the game industry. These include Rob Auten (Gears of War, Battlefield), Lawrence Liberty (Fallout: New Vegas, The Witcher), and Montgomery Markland (Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera). Together, they plan to create a psychological horror RPG around the 1979 movie.
Some of the planned game mechanics include the ability to make decisions that are separate from the source material. “As players navigate the unspeakable horrors of the Vietnam War, their reactions to each situation will result in consequences that will alter their journey as the story unfolds. Every decision matters and each player will tell their own story.”
Tentatively, the Apocalypse Now game has a release window of 2020.