Have you ever wanted to see a video game adaptation of Apocalypse Now? Well you could be in luck, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign currently underway.
To avoid the game being turned into a generic action filled FPS, crowd funding is being used to ensure the development team have complete creative control.
The game will be an interactive journey following Captain Willard on his mission to assassinate the rogue Colonel Kurtz, seen through “a survival horror lens in which players with limited resources face unspeakable terrors.”
It won’t simply be retelling of the film’s narrative however, with players allowed to carve out their very own individual experience, according to Coppola:
“You are Captain Willard but you don’t have to make the same choices he made, it’s about characters who watch you and judge you, it’s about not getting killed rather than being a killer. Until you reach Kurtz.”
Instead of focusing on dialogue and conversation choices like traditional RPGs, the game puts emphasis on player actions and posture. Combat also sounds like it’ll be a much more subtle affair, with avoidance and stealth taking precedence over all out action:
“You will quickly learn that the gun-blazing solo war machine of other shooters would not have lasted long in the real Vietnam. Instead you will find rewards for proceeding cautiously and managing limited resources with care. Willard is your responsibility; make him an adept soldier and you will command respect in the jungle.”
The minimum target for the game is $900,000, with backer tiers ranging from $25 to a whopping $10,000.
If you happen to have a cool 10K knocking about and fancy seeing the project become a reality, you’ll get your very own motion captured in-game NPC for your troubles, plus a prop from the Apocalypse Now set and a trip to the wrap party in Hollywood, amongst many other bonuses.
You can see the full list of pledge tiers and learn more about the project by visiting the Kickstarter page here.
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