The company behind what might perhaps be this decade’s most ambitious adaptation project has unofficially forsaken Kickstarter in favor of a much more ambitious monetary goal. Erebus LLC is a corporation formed in partnership with American Zoetrope—formerly Zoetrope Studios, the studio behind THX 1138, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Tetro, among others—for the sole purpose of adapting Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece Apocalypse Now (itself an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness) to the format of “a first-person perspective survival and horror roleplaying game.” This project’s been in the works for at least a couple years and there’s clearly a lot of backstory to the development of the game itself, but as of this afternoon, Erebus’ Kickstarter dreams are officially DOA.
The funding switch hasn’t changed the title’s plan: A first-person survival horror trudge through the jungles of Vietnam, rooting the player in the boots of Captain Willard (Martin Sheen in the original film) on his mission to assassinate the rogue Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando). The new, standalone site aims to become a hub for community engagement during the game’s long development. According to the team’s post on the game’s Kickstarter, backers and fans can visit the site to “see real-time updates on the game through posts, livestreams and group community events” and enjoy direct communication with the team.
The reward options on the dedicated crowdfunding site are mostly the same as those on the game’s Kickstarter, though they also give access to an eventual beta version of the game. Legacy backers who opt to give again to the new campaign will automatically get bumped up a tier.
It should be noted that the Kickstarter campaign was never intended to fund the whole game — just raise about one-fifth of the production’s funding total before a second-longer term effort launched…
The studio is still sticking with a 2020 release date, which offers plenty of time for speculation. It also presents roughly three years’ worth of opportunities to mess up the game, which I’m sure at least some fans are counting on. But if the game turns out to live up to the hype—or even if it lands anywhere close—people are bound to be delighted because according to Erebus: “It’s like Fallout: New Vegas on acid in the middle of the Vietnam War.”
Just a look at some of the recently released screenshots of the game has us pumped about the prospect.
Can you say: “Apocalypse Wow?”