Rockstar Games Alumni, Navid Khonsari (Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Max Payne) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his game, 1979 Revolution. The game, from Khonsari’s studio iNK Stories, will be grounded in the true events of the Iranian Revolution. The game has taken quite the journey to get here. Khonsari has been accused of being a spy by the Iranian Press, and the game’s concept artist ehad to embark on a necessary voyage out of Iran.
The brief footage that has been shown has been met with praise and has an impressive staff behind it. From political advisors and scholars to popular actors like Navid Neghaban (Homeland‘s Abu Nazir) and Farshad Farahat (Argo).
The game promises to be not just another game that can also be enjoyed by educators, tech lovers, and wide audiences alike. 1979 Revolution will feature: documentary content, historical assets, and graphic novel cinematics.
1979 Revolution is going to bring console-quality gameplay to a touch-screen experience across iOS and Android platforms. It’ll have elements such as: stealth, critical decision making, and mini-games like triage and graffiti tagging. The game is going to be episodic and deliver about two hours of content per episode. The first episode will be titled Black Friday after the 1978 shootings in Zhaleh Square in Teheran.
Khonsari and his team want to put you in the middle of the chaos that day. You’ll be able to take photos and compare them to actual ones taken on the real “Black Friday” by Michel Setboun. You also be able to listen to recordings of propaganda by the Iranian government during the time. 1979 Revolution is seeking to inform and immerse gamers and non-gamers in these events that only happened just over 30 years ago.
Currently, iNK Stories is seeking $395,000 to get 1979 Revolution going, and are currently sitting at a little over $21,000 with 31 days to go. If you’d like to back this project, or learn a little more, head on over to their Kickstarter page.[From Kickstarter]