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Apocalypse Now RPG hits Kickstarter with veteran developers and Francis Ford Coppola’s support

by Ron Duwell | January 26, 2017January 26, 2017 3:00 pm PST

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.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...