Out of the $900,000 that Erebus LLC were asking for, just under $173,000 has been raised with only 9 days left to go. The project is being moved to a dedicated website and backers can receive a free tier upgrade.
Game director, Montgomery Markland, had this to say:
“We are making a unique interactive experience with the Apocalypse Now videogame - it’s like Fallout: New Vegas on acid in Vietnam. The Apocalypse Now team plans to raise $5 million to produce an authentic game that the people want to play."
It's not the first time that the film has been in development as a game. In 2009 Montgomery Markland and Larry Liberty, two Erebus co-founders, launched a studio named Killspace. Apocalypse Now was being worked on but in their 3 year runtime, Killspace only completed a single title; a little known remake of the Atari classic, Yar’s Revenge, that released in 2011.
Markland believes the studio was a casualty of the recession, which saw many companies go under, but that may not be the whole story.
Speaking to The Verge, former employees of Killspace complained of "Thousands of dollars in unpaid wages, erratic and out-of-touch management, and financial decisions that made an already bad situation worse."
Regardless of whether or not the accusations are true, Erebus LLC has the backing of Coppola and American Zoetrope, and both Markland and Liberty have had success with other titles since Killspace's closure, including DC Universe Online, Wasteland 2 and the upcoming Torment: Tides of Numenera. The latter two being highly successful Kickstarter projects.
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