If the fact that there was never a video game made for Apocalypse Now kept you up at night, you can now rest easy. Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the Vietnam War flick, has finally said it is time for the popular movie to be turned into a video game. The Kickstarter for the project is now in full swing and climbing steadily to its $900,000 goal.
The film, which took inspiration from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, focuses on the horrors of the Vietnam War. The film, and the game will focus on Captain Benjamin Willard’s journey down a river towards true evil and the horrors of war. Despite what the story might lead you to believe, don’t expect a first person shooter experience. The developers have promised a more story-driven, survival horror RPG feel to the project. According to the Kickstarter page, the game will focus more on action and posture versus strictly dialogue options. So, players can have completely different experiences as they travel deeper into the heart of darkness.
So, the million dollar goal might have set off a few warning lights in your mind. (I know I was pretty thrown off by it.) As of today, the Kickstarter has raised over $133,000 with over two thousand backers. However, as of right now, the game has no publisher and no available budget and the Kickstarter page lacks in information about what all of the money will be used for exactly. The tiers for donations range from $25 to $10,000 with perks ranging from Steam codes to props from the movie set. If you’re interested in donating, the Kickstarter has almost a month left to meet its goal.
Despite a crew with some pretty impressive backgrounds, the game has hit many bumps along the way. They game has been in development since 2010, but due to numerous issues, was shot into stasis. The crew never gave up and have continued working on the game for the past 2 years and are set for an October 2020 release with early access starting sometime in 2019.
Apocalypse Now is a classic and one of the most well renown war films of our generation. The developers for the game have a lot to live up and fans are really hoping for the best with the title. Here’s to hoping, a million dollars later, that the fans will be happy with their investments!