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January 26, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

A team is positioning 1979’s “Apocalypse Now” as a psychological horror video game

Apocalypse Now as a psychological horror video game
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Apocalypse Now is an amazing movie that becomes more of an experience than just a film. It draws you in and won't release you. It will make you laugh and cringe in seconds. I love this film!

Apocalypse Now It's release was just prior to the massive onslaught of video games based on movies. Back in those days the pixelation didn't mimic the big screen quite the way it does today, but video games based on movies became a huge market segment. Some were good, others... not so much. A movie like Apocalypse Now would have been a tough game to make and do justice to the film.

From a creative standpoint, you'd have to have a lot of courage and talent to transform a Francis Ford Coppola film to an 8-bit game. But we're past the 8-bit era. How might that game fare today?

How might this film evolve into a game in today's gaming environment? It would be a first-person shooter with six sequels cued up before the first midnight launch party. Ugh.

Charlie Don't Surf poster However, a cross-disciplinary team of AAA game developers, motion picture professionals and Interactive creatives are coming together to create a truly unique experience. The team has been part of titles such as Fallout: New Vegas, Wasteland 2, Far Cry, and a host of RPGs. Appocalypse Now is going to be an RPG, not an FPS! :)

Check out the Apocalypse Now Kickstarter campaign for more details. There's a lot of good info and a video with a perspective from Francis Ford Coppola about bringing the film to the gaming arena.

This game sounds like an enormous undertaking, seeking close to $1M and delivering in the Fall of 2020. At the same time, there is a lot of creative talent behind this project.

If all goes as planned, this could be an awesome game based on an iconic film. You never know with crowd funding... and that can be part of the excitement. You might be on the ground level of helping an iconic film become an iconic video game.

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