Great Kickstarter projects always appear in pairs, and not even a day after The Banner Saga 3 went live, we have found its partner. The 1979 film classic Apocalyse Now is currently being adapted into an “immersive, psychedelic horror RPG.” A Kickstarter for the project appeared overnight, and it has the full backing of the movie’s director Francis Ford Coppola and a host of veteran developers.
Erebus LLC, whose staff includes work on other RPGs such as Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, The Witcher, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Neverwinter Nights 2, and other classics, is looking for $900,000 to make this project a reality. With such an impressive resume, it’s hard to see how such a project can go wayside if it’s funded.
The team stresses that it will not turn the game into a mindless shooter, either. Reaching the $2.5 million mark with guarantee the game’s release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Furthermore, the game has already been in pre-production for 10 years, but legal issues have held it up. Those are now clear, and the game can begin full development.
The game will use the Unreal Engine 4 to create the graphics.
A little ambitious, but it’s fun to dream about
I’m not so sure how I feel about this one. The idea is sound, and the developers definitely have the resume to make a really solid game. However, the Kickstarter page doesn’t have enough footage to show off what has already been made, which has become a defacto standard for backing a video game these days. It seems like the kind of project that would sail with flying colors three years ago.
Today, it’s launching into a rightfully suspicious Kickstarter audience.
I’d like to believe that, if funded, it will sail through production with much more ease than the film. That’s a curse that this Kickstarter will also have to overcome, the legendarily destructive production of the film still resonates today with people who know about it.