Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic Revolution

August 11, 2011 -

The former director of the Grand Theft Auto series, Navid Khonsari, is working on a new game that will explore Iran's Islamic Revolution. The game is called 1979 and will be set in an open world where protagonists can make moral choices that affect what is going on around him. Khonsari, who worked on Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas, spoke to CNN about his plans for the game recently and why it is important to him. One of the core reasons is because he barely escaped it; his family managed to escape to Canada at the start of the revolution.

"I'm interested in having good and evil within the same character," Khonsari said in an interview with CNN. "I think that's true to life, and I think you can design a game around that, too."

1979 will take place in an open world and give the player control over multiple protagonists with different abilities. Over the course of the game, players will engage in shootouts, solve puzzles, drive vehicles, use diplomacy, and trade for supplies.

Khonsari is prepared for lots of criticism from every corner of the earth - after all, a game about revolution in a country such as Iran will present history in a light that might not be flattering to a lot of people with certain political persuasions..

"Iranians are going to criticize me because I'm making a game that 'promotes American imperialists going in and shooting Iranians," said Khonsari. "Americans are going to criticize me because I'm making a game that 'glorifies Islamic fundamentalism,' or something. I'm not going to please everyone, and the point of the game isn't to do that."

The game is set for release sometime in 2012.

Source: CNN by way of The Escapist


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Re: Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic ...

This gets my vote for either "The best bad idea in history", or "The worst great idea in history". Either one applies here.

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"Iranians are going to criticize me because I'm making a game that 'promotes American imperialists going in and shooting Iranians," said Khonsari. "Americans are going to criticize me because I'm making a game that 'glorifies Islamic fundamentalism,' or something. I'm not going to please everyone, and the point of the game isn't to do that."

How on earth can you get a publishing deal for a game like this?! :)

I suppose the Rockstar connection is what will make the difference - that and if it's anything like the GTA series then it will certainly be satirical, whether subtly or overtly,  just like GTA towards American consumerism.

Given that Western audiences are the key demographic to please for solid levels of sales (and of that the US market is the most prominent), I imagine it'll lean more to Western tastes, but a middle ground would be refreshing, even if it's just informing the audience about the revolution and its background.

Re: Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic ...

"Khonsari is prepared for lots of criticism from every corner of the earth - after all, a game about revolution in a country such as Iran will present history in a light that might not be flattering to a lot of people with certain political persuasions."

What's more likely to happen is that it'll present history in an entirely inaccurate way.

The game will be controversial for those in a political position anyway, but I don't think it's going to be the exact replication of the revolution movement going on in Iran today. It is bound to exaggerate and skip things just as much as other games based on "history" have done.

I think it'll be an interesting to see just who hates the idea of the game. Every game has potential, let's see if this game will actually be released first, let alone good.

Re: Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic ...

Go Rockstar. When someone protests this, DO, NO, BACK, DOWN!

Don't make the mistakes of others.

Re: Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic ...

I think it has potential.

That being said, I think that the shit is going to hit the fan with this one.

Re: Former GTA Director Plans Game Based on Iran's Islamic ...

Agreed.  This topic still has a lot of politics behind it and no matter how it is portrayed it will be accused of bais.

 
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