Original film director Francis Ford Coppola and a squad of game industry veterans have launched a $900,000 Kickstarter campaign to finance development of an “immersive, psychedelic horror RPG” based on the 1979 cult classic Apocalypse Now.
Obligatory “I love the smell of crowdfunding in the morning”.
The movie itself was based on Joseph Conrad’s mandatory English Lit 101 novel The Heart of Darkness, which has actually already also been worked into a game – Yager’s own cult classic 2012 third-person shooter Spec Ops: The Line. The new version, however, retains the film’s Cambodia setting and its “already nearly insane” protagonist, and emphasises tactical survival over the “gun-blazing solo war machine of other shooters”.
The team features a who’s who list of “creators, designers, directors, writers, and producers” from games including Gears of War, Battlefield, Far Cry, Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Everquest, DC Universe Online, PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2, and Star Wars Galaxies.
“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,” Coppola explains. “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.”
The game is expected to release on PC in 2020, but a $2.5 million stretch goal adds PS4 and Xbox One too, and VR support at $3 million.