Friday, 27 January 2017

Apocalypse Now: The Kickstarter for a game based on the classic Vietnam war film.

As I've grown older (but not necessarily wiser) there are a number of laws that I've come to realise which apparently we all must obey without exception. One such law is to complain heartily that the kids of today have it much easier than we did back in the day blah blah blah; another law is that at we seemingly now are not allowed to eat a meal until a picture is taken of it and posted on Facebook (next to ones collection of kitten and puppy pictures). 

Perhaps the daddy of all laws is the absolute necessity when one talks about a movie, such as Apocalypse Now (1979) that you have without fail to repeat the film's seminal quote "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning". Not only do you have to say this line as if it is the first time that it has ever been said, but you have to do it in the pose of Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore. You then have to ( I mean HAVE TO) hum a few bars of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' whilst the person you are doing it to smiles knowingly and adds their rendition of 'The End' by the Doors to compliment the exchange. It is the law.

It says something that this seminal war movie has now transgressed the confines of movie aficionado's into the wider public consciousness, particularly when it had a relatively lukewarm initial reception on it's release in terms of public and critical acclaim. I will readily claim that I was one of the chosen ones to fall in love with it on it's theatrical release (that's another law by the way, to claim one was there from the very beginning - see also Shawshank Redemption/Blade Runner/Brazil et al to make such bold claims).

But honest, Guv - I was really there in 1979 (I was underage and sneaked in) and by god it was so fine. 

The plot, well even if you haven't sat through all of its psychological madness, is still familiar as we travel during the Vietnam War with Captain Willard (played by the majestic Martin Sheen) who has been given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own: Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando). 

It seems that Kurtz and his merry band of men have holed themselves up deep in the jungle to undertake some serious murder and pillaging. Robin Hood he is not.

The journey that Willard and his men take is a surreal, violent and increasingly insane trip as they encounter military lunacy, surfing and Playboy Bunnies. The greatest war film ever? Er, yes.



So you can imagine my delight when I learnt a few days ago that the film was finally going to get its own video game adaption?! Not only that but it comes not only with the participation of some seriously big hitters in the gaming industry, it also comes with the full blessing and participation of the man who made the film, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. 

Indeed, the man himself said very recently; 

'Forty years ago, I set out to make a personal art picture that could hopefully influence generations of viewers for years to come. 

'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,' Coppola said.

There are three essential things that any self-respecting crowdfunding campaign needs to have to stand any chance of success; Firstly a great idea; secondly, some big-hitting individuals complete with talent and ambition. Finally they need a campaign full of tasty backer reward morsels that would entice all ranges of interest. I think it's fair to day that this campaign may just have that........ in spades.


THE IDEA

The combination of perhaps (no, definitely) the greatest ever war film and a video game adaptation is enticing enough. Let me me give you the idea in the words of the makers......

"Apocalypse Now is a first-person RPG with survival and psychological horror elements.
You will explore the jungles and rivers of Vietnam in first person perspective.  
You join a crew of “rock and rollers with one foot in their grave”.

It’s like Fallout: New Vegas on acid in the middle of the Vietnam War.

Your ultimate mission is to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, a rogue American officer who is accused of forming a private army and operating "totally beyond the pale of any acceptable human conduct.”

Combat is often your last resort; the wise soldier will avoid the ever-looming enemy at all costs.

Maintaining resources and relationships is key to your survival and your success.


You will play Captain Willard.

And you have a mission, but between receiving your mission in the hotel room and meeting Colonel Kurtz, how you journey upriver on PBR Streetgang is up to you."

Yep, nailed it.


THE SQUAD


The creative team behind the game sound like a who's who of film and gaming talent. For a start you have Coppola, the writing and directing genius behind The Godfather series, The Conversation, Bram Stoker's Dracula...... to name but a few cinematic delicacies.

You then add a number of key team members of titles such as Lawrence Liberty (Fallout), Rob Auten (Gears of War, Battlefield), Montgomery Markland (Wasteland 2). The team claim that a  'AAA game developers, motion picture professionals and Interactive creatives are coming together to create a truly unique experience.'

Yep, nailed it.


THE REWARDS

The team's funding goal of $900,000 is ambitious to say the least, but already they have reached (at the time of writing) the sum of $92,125 with still 28 days to go. In order to maintain creative freedom and produce a daring and intense game about the horrors of war, the project is being financed outside the traditional publishing system. They need the support of backers like you to make this psychedelic vision a reality.

The KICKSTARTER page has a range of quite frankly stunning rewards that would meet the approval of anyone who wishes to contribute pledges starting from $10 (no reward) right up to the daddy pledge of $10,000 (I think you almost get the planet for that).  Check out the funding page to see for yourself.


Yep, nailed it again. Lets do this.



The Kickstarter page for the Apocalypse Now Game can be found RIGHT HERE. 

The Facebook page for the project can be found RIGHT HERE.

The Apocalypse Now Game Website an be found here at https://apocalypsenow.com





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