Apocalypse Now finally may get a video game

I love the smell of crowdfunding in the morning.


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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