In a move that absolutely nobody expected, or maybe even wanted, Francis Ford Coppola is bringing Apocalypse Now to the sphere of video games. Citing a desire for creative freedom not beholden to publishers the developer, Erebus LLC, has taken to Kickstarter. In this Kickstarter campaign, Erebus LLC promises:
[An] immersive, psychedelic horror RPG from the creators, designers, directors, writers and producers of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Everquest, DC Universe Online, PlanetSide, PlanetSide2, Star Wars Galaxies and many more classic games.
Now, given the closest release to mimic Apocalypse Now, Spec Ops: The Line, one would be forgiven for the double take at this being an RPG. By eschewing the shooter expectation, Erebus LLC plans for a game focused on stealth, putting players in the role of Captain Benjamin Willard in order to assassinate Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. How players interact with the world will determine Willard’s fate, suggesting a more open interpretation of Apocalypse Now. The rest of the pitch falls in line with modern grandiose RPG titles: resource management, complex webs of relationships, and meaningful choices that dictate gameplay.
It all sounds very nice, but we are at the point where big names with supposedly large backings have snubbed investors before. To make matters, well, a little dicey are the investment goals and release windows. Currently, the campaign requires $900,000 to be successful. This should be manageable within the 30 day window, but the costs of something so large in scope are usually well beyond this base, and there are no signs that Erebus LLC has reached out for funding elsewhere. Compound this with the promises behind the stretch goals, which consist mostly of ports (not an easy task, as seen with Mighty No. 9), and success seems doubtful.
Still, the campaign is young and there are plenty of veterans throwing their weight behind this project, including Malibu Road Pictures LLC and Stoutlight Media, two companies with experience working on and delivering ambitious Kickstarter titles.