GTA Director's Next Game Will Take Place in Tehran, Iran
Posted on Thursday, August 11 @ 12:24:56 PST by Nicholas Tan
As a man who grew up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Khonsari saw firsthand the hostage crisis at the U.S. embassy and the overthrow of dictator Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi that would lead to the transformation of his home country into a fundamentalist Islamic state. 1979 aims to explore this historically-charged event through the eyes of several playable characters in a sandbox, open-world game that will challenge the player's perception of right and wrong, as suggested by CNN's interview with Khonsari:
I want people to understand the incredible moral ambiguity of this story, that this was a country with many different ideas and beliefs. Growing up in Iran when I did, I saw Iranians in the greatest light, and I saw them in the worst light.The player begins as an American/Iranian translator whose mission is to rescue the embassy hostages in standard third-person shooter style, but soon becomes a demonstrator who wants to overthrow the shah but curtail the fanatics from taking power as well. This means escorting a group of soldiers nonviolently and secretly to Tehran no matter the cost:
Maybe, in order to get the group there, you need to sacrifice some stragglers and let them get captured so the others can get away. And then you'll have some extreme choices to make when you get to Tehran: Are you going to invade the embassy, guns blazing, to try to get the hostages back? Or are you going to try to protect the embassy from the Americans?
Iranians are going to criticize me because I'm making a game that "promotes American imperialists going in and shooting Iranians". 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.It's about time that we go back... to the future of gaming.
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