The Kickstarter campaign for the politically themed adventure game 1979 REVOLUTION ended yesterday, falling short of its goal. The game managed to generate $304,741 from over a thousand backers, put missed its goal of $395,000 when the campaign hit its deadline yesterday. In a note to backers, the development team from iNK Stories said that they were grateful to those people who supported them with a financial commitment and vowed to continue to find funding for the game. One of the ways they plan on doing this is by relaunching a crowd-funding effort directly on the website for the game, at www.1979revolutiongame.com.
"I am truly moved and humbled by how many people have become not only supporters of this game but advocates who want to see this game made," the developers wrote in a Kickstarter update. "YOU are the visionaries. Anyone that knows me, understands that I’ve got the energy and the determination to make this game – and fulfill the great potential of this new direction. It is with renewed enthusiasm that we are launching our own crowd funding campaign on our official website, 1979revolutiongame.com. There we can offer new rewards with lower prices – due to lower fees and more options. If you’ve followed us this far – you can go all the way. Please click the website address and match your pledge here 1979revolutiongame.com."
"The Revolution will continue and we won’t stop until we have achieved our goal," they wrote in closing.
In case you didn't know, 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is the creation of former Rockstar Games developer Navid Khonsari and multimedia company iNK Stories. The politically-themed action adventure game is set during the 1979 revolution that saw Iran's leadership shift to a hard-line Islamic state. The developers promise a game with a mature narrative, new media storytelling elements (historical assets, documentary content, graphic novel cinematics), and suspenseful and engaging gameplay. The game is being natively designed for the tablet, which allows it to be "accessible to a wider audience."
The game is also interesting because Khonsari has been called a spy by Iranian media and was forced to flee the country for fear that he would be arrested and thrown in jail.
We will continue to follow the progress of this game in the weeks ahead.