New developer Erebus LLC has cancelled its Kickstarter drive and will funding the planned Apocalypse Now game through its own website. Erebus is backed by Apocalypse Now director Francis Ford Coppola and his production company, with the studio looking for $900,000 through Kickstarter. The drive began in January, but it had only raised $172,503 of that total by the final week.
So Erebus has cancelled its Kickstarter and moved to crowdfunding on its own. The required total has jumped from $900,000 to $5.9 million, of which the developer has already raised $105,195.
"We are making a unique interactive experience with the Apocalypse Now videogame -- it's like Fallout: New Vegas on acid in Vietnam," said game director Montgomery Markland in the final update to the Kickstarter drive. "The Apocalypse Now team plans to raise $5 million to produce an authentic game that the people want to play."
"The new platform will serve as a rallying point for the community and represents the team's long-term commitment to both funding the project and sharing details of the development process," said the developer in the same post.
Erebus also released the first screenshots of the game. Like the film, players will step into the shoes of Captain Willard, who is tasked with going into the jungles of Vietnam to kill rogue military officer Colonel Kurtz. Erebus promises roleplaying and dialog with the rest of the PBR Streetgang, resource management, and a whole bunch of killing.
It'll be interesting if the studio is able to reach its funding goal. Erebus has promised that backers will only be charged if the studio is successful in raising the required funds. The Apocalypse Now game is planned for a 2020 release.