‘Apocalypse Now’ is well recognised as one of the greatest war movies of all time, so it probably makes sense that there should be a video game adaptation of it. Although much like the movie itself, whether it could actually be pulled off to a satisfactory level is something that is very much up for debate. However, with original director Francis Ford Coppola behind it, there’s every chance that it might.
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Coppola is seeking to finance a Kickstarter for the project, aiming to raise $900,000. Coppola himself won’t be too invested in the video game, but he’s literally hiring the best of the best to work under him on it: Montgomery Markland, the producer of Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera will be directing; Lawrence Liberty, producer of both Fallout: New Vegas and The Witcher will handle executive producer duties; Rob Auten, who previously penned Gears of War: Judgement and Battlefield: Hardline is operating as head writer and Obsidian Entertainment’s design director Josh Sawyer is also involved. That sounds like quite the team.
The game itself isn’t going to be your straightforward Call Of Duty style shoot ’em up either – it’s being described as an “immersive psychedelic survival horror RPG.” You’ll play Captain Benjamin Willard on his mission down the river to assassinate Colonel Kurtz and as the game aims to “faithfully recreate the Vietnam War,” the emphasis will be on combat avoidance and stealth as supplies will be extremely limited.
Sounds intriguing and shit scary too. I once watched the movie on a ketamine binge and it creeped the living fuck out of me – I was literally going down that river and it never, ever ended – so if it’s anything like that then we’re going to be on to a winner. If Coppola hits his goal then we should see it sometime in 2020.
For more of the Vietnam War, check out some unseen pictures from one of the longest conflicts known to man. Deep.