American Zoetrope and Veteran Crowdfunders Create a New
Platform for the Apocalypse Now Video Game
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apocalypse Now is being adapted into a video game, led by game
industry veterans with a maverick vision as original and unorthodox as
the film 40 years ago. Erebus, a cross-disciplinary team of game
developers and crowdfunding experts, have created a new online platform
to deliver the latest updates and progress on the video game through the
development process, found at apocalypsenow.com.
Those interested in helping to make the game possible can back via Kickstarter
through February 23, and at apocalypsenow.com
from the close of Kickstarter through the game’s launch.
With the new platform, the crowdfunding and game experts at Erebus have
created a long-term strategic plan for the fans to control and guide the
progress of Apocalypse Now and possibly many more projects to
come. The platform is designed to complement Kickstarter, as
crowdfunding for Apocalypse Now will continue on the new platform
after the initial Kickstarter to support the total vision for the game.
The development team builds upon a legacy of writing, production and
directorial experience on a dozen role-playing game series, including
blockbuster game series such as Fallout, Wasteland, Gears of
War, Far Cry, Pillars of Eternity, Witcher, Neverwinter Nights and
many more best-selling games. Working under the sponsorship of Francis
Ford Coppola’s studio American Zoetrope, the creative team aims to usher Apocalypse
Now into the internet age, reimagined as a terrifying role-playing
In the game, players will be able to experience and direct the
psychedelic vision of the Vietnam War as originally presented in the
film. Apocalypse Now – The Game is an interactive recreation of
Cpt. Benjamin Willard’s journey, tasking players with the assassination
of Col. Walter E. Kurtz, an officer who has gone rogue and assembled his
own army of worshippers deep within the jungle. Each player unveils
their own unique version of Willard’s experience, with different aspects
of the mission, story and combat-related decisions creating a multitude
of new, personalized variations on the Apocalypse Now story.
“In terms of subject matter, source material, and artistic inspiration, Apocalypse
Now will be unlike any video game that has come before, allowing our
team to dig deeper and be more artful than I’ve ever dared in my two
decades of game development,” said executive producer Lawrence Liberty.
“With the apocalypsenow.com site, we are creating a central hub where we
can source feedback and direction directly from the people backing the
game and I firmly believe that we can make better development decisions
with the guidance of a large number of interested and invested players.”
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About American Zoetrope
American Zoetrope (also known as Zoetrope Studios from 1979 until 1990)
is a privately run American film studio, centred in San Francisco and
founded by Francis Ford Coppola. Opened on December 12, 1969, American
Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of
the earliest uses of HDTV. The studio has produced not only the films of
Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and
Tetro), but also George Lucas’s pre-Star Wars films such as THX
1138, as well as many others by avant-garde directors such as
Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio. Four
films produced by American Zoetrope are included in the American Film
Institute’s Top 100 Films. American Zoetrope-produced films have
received 15 Academy Awards and 68 nominations.
About Framestore Ventures
Framestore Ventures is the internal incubator and venture
division of the Academy-Award winning visual effects company Framestore.
Leveraging 1500 creative and technical staff in five cities, Ventures
combines homegrown talent and strategic partnerships to develop original
IP across many media, with a diverse content slate ranging from TV
shows, video games and realtime animation to live experiences, virtual
and augmented reality.
About Ringling College of Art and Design
RCAD is a private four-year accredited college located in Sarasota,
Florida. They collaborated with Auten and Markland on early visual
prototypes of an Unreal Engine 4-rendered Apocalypse Now.
About Erebus LLC
Erebus LLC is a new crowdfunding and development studio of game veterans
on a mission to develop Apocalypse Now as a video game. To learn
more, please visit: apocalypsenow.com
Chris Kramer, 415-543-9247