GTA Director's Next Game Will Take Place in Tehran, Iran
Posted on Thursday, August 11 @ 12:24:56 Eastern by Nicholas Tan
Navid Khonsari, whose pedigree includes being a cinematic director for GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas, Red Dead Revolver, and Bully as well as the founder of iNKstories who had a hand in developing Alan Wake and Homefront, will be making Iran's capital city of Tehran the setting of his new game in development, 1979. The tagline? "There are no good guys."
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:
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:
1979 is only in alpha at this time and is at least a year and a half away from completion, but a 12-map-strong multiplayer is already in the works. That said, it will likely catch the same flak as Konami's ill-fated Six Days in Fallujah, though 1979 doesn't explore the most recent American wars in the Middle East. But that's almost missing the point, which is to send the message that history can be easily and comfortably one-sided, and that people have been told to believe in headlines that may blind them, perhaps willingly, to the full truth:
It's about time that we go back... to the future of gaming.
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