Billed as a horror survival game, Apocalypse Now from Erebus and the original director of the 1979 war film, Francis Ford Coppola, is a subversion on the typical war game by moving away from being a first-person action shooter.
The team are currently seeking $900,000 to start official production work on the first-person survival game, which will see players taking on the role of Captain Benjamin Willard in his task of assassinating Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.
The original pitch video was light on gameplay footage, but shortly after going live they eventually released a minute long clip of some prototype concepts. The footage looks pretty close to a film in some regards, and had the animations been a bit smoother in a few segments one could have easily mistaken it for actual film footage. You can check it out below.
The theme of the game centers around survival. They repeatedly mention that this isn’t another Call of Duty clone. Apocalypse Now is about attempting to survive through the Saigon jungle using limited resources and avoiding Rambo-style action encounters.
Stealth and resource conservation is key. This, of course, doesn’t mean that there won’t be guns in the game; there will be guns.
The big difference is that Apocalypse Now is taking on an identity closer to the likes of The Forest or maybe the new Resident Evil 7, where you have think about how you use your resources before going in with your guns-a-blazin’.
I don’t know if this is the sort of game where people would be willing to put $900,000 into the coffers of reputable vets to make yet another survival game, especially when the sub-genre is over-saturated enough as it is. The game will either need to really strike a strong narrative tone with the way the story unfolds and the way the gameplay mechanics wield players into the atmosphere, or they’re going to need to have some next-gen Crysis-level graphics to get the core benchmarkers and hardware enthusiasts involved. Otherwise it’s going to be a tough climb up the financial crowdfunding ladder when games like The Other 99, Rust and The Forest currently have a stranglehold on the survival genre.
Nevertheless, if you feel this is a game worth supporting with your money, you can do so by visiting the official Kickstarter page.