Apocalypse Now finally may get a video game

I love the smell of crowdfunding in the morning.

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It is only 38 years after the fact, but Francis Ford Coppola's compelling war drama set in Cambodia during the Vietnam War may finally become a video game.

Coppola's film studio America Zoetrope has paired up with Erebus LLC, a new venture composed of game industry vets with experience making crowdfunded games. Apocalypse Now - The Game has launched a Kickstarter hoping to pull in $900,000, but even if the successful, the game has at least a three-year window of development. 

Developer Lawrence Liberty, who has titles Fallout: New Vegas and The Witcher under his belt, told GamesBeat that the game won't be a Call of Duty clone, but more an RPG with horror elements where players don't have to follow what happened in the original movie.

“We will create a game that challenges what an interactive experience can be; just as the original motion picture challenged the concept of cinema,” Game Director Montgomery Markland, who has worked on Wasteland 2 and torment: Tides of Numenera, said in a statement. “We are making a game that we are excited to play. We will deliver a greater variety of experience and interaction than is currently available within the relatively static industry.”

In addition to liberty and Markland, the team includes Rob Auten, a lead writer on numerous hit franchises such as Gears of War and Battlefield; and Josh Sawyer, design director for Obsidian Entertainment, who will be assisting in an advisery capacity.

“Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come,” Coppola said in a statement. “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.”

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    January 26, 2017 11:21 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Apocalypse Now finally may get a video game

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      January 26, 2017 11:26 AM

      I never thought the movie was very good and kinda weird.

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        January 26, 2017 9:09 PM

        I kind of agree. If you think of it as more of a psychology thriller it works better for me than a portrait of war. Full Metal Jacket goes the war route.

        AP even has some Hitchcock style shots peppered in there. Sheens reactions, shadow play - all creates this building tension.

        If I watch it that way I like it. As a war movie, it's weird.

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      January 26, 2017 11:31 AM

      Reading the update, I get a better idea of what they want this to be. They say survival, but that update reads more like a typical stealth game, with some points of control.

      Kicktraq says it's currently trending to just get funded.

      http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/fringerider/apocalypse-now-the-game/

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        January 26, 2017 8:36 PM

        I'm really interested in the concept. Let's see what they can do with... 900K? Not a lot, must be outside investment.

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      January 26, 2017 11:35 AM

      And it was called Spec Ops: The Line

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        January 26, 2017 9:12 PM

        Great game. Average gameplay, but I really enjoyed the story.

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      January 26, 2017 9:57 PM

      Seems like Deer Hunter would make a better game. Specifically the 17 hour dancing part.

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        January 26, 2017 11:48 PM

        What about lining up a deer in your scope and not pulling the trigger or pulling a gun on John Cazale for not bringing his boots?

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      January 26, 2017 10:39 PM

      Finally

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      January 26, 2017 11:53 PM

      The horror, the horror...

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