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Navigate the gritty world of a Revolution in this Action Adventure Video Game!
Survive the streets and be aware of who you can trust in a city under siege

The gaming veteran that helped create the cinematic look and feel for Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, San Andreas, Max Payne I & II, Midnight Club Franchise, Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, The Warriors, Alan Wake, and Homefront is now breaking new ground in gaming with the suspenseful action/adventure thriller 1979 Revolution.

Join the Revolution! Survive the uprising and betrayal. Based on actual events, 1979 Revolution delivers a deep narrative experience set in the gritty, tense underworld of revolution.

Starting its own revolution, 1979 Revolution pushes the boundaries of premium gaming. Offering mature narrative, with new media storytelling (historical assets, documentary content, graphic novel cinematics) and both suspenseful and engaging gameplay. All the while, natively designed for the touchscreen, 1979 allows wider audiences accessibility to the experience.

key features

- Exploration, Stealth, Decision Making, Mini Games, Collectibles
- Graphic Novel Style Cinematics
- Console Quality Production Value
- iOS, Android, PC/MAC
- Based on Real Events. Real stories, Pictures, Recordings/Footage
- Award Winning Cast
- 2 Hour Experience per Episode
- Native Design for Touch Screen

STORY

You play Reza, a young photojournalist in Tehran, during the electric and tumultuous days of the Iranian revolution in 1979. Without political or religious motivation, Reza is impassioned by the idea of change and embittered by the brutal loss of his cousin. He enlists in the revolution and becomes a key player in the ground movement to overthrow the monarchy. Only months after the victorious revolt, Reza is betrayed by the new regime at the hand of his best friend.

gameplay

1979 delivers premium console quality gameplay that is designed natively for touch screen design. In the PC/Mac version special attention has been deliberately given to ensure the high quality standard in both graphics and experience. Built in Unity engine, the ultimate development platform used for creating games on IOS, Android, consoles and beyond, 1979 is a game intended for multiple platforms.

When designing the gameplay in 1979, we didn't want to re-purpose the same experiences of other titles. We take great pride in the fresh immersive experience that our gameplay offers - all the while keeping the player in a first person experience navigating and orchestrating a revolution. Whether you are avoiding detection by authorities, in a city under martial law, or you are forging new alliances to ensure your mission, or just shutting down the power grid - gameplay has been developed with great attention to creating a world of jeopardy, emotion and suspense.

- Exploration - Explore a city under martial law and avoid detection.
- Narrative experience - Experience a deep immersive story.
- Stealth - Hide and take cover from imposing threat of being captured by the police.
- Mini Games - unique mini games such as Triage, Shutdown Power Grid, Navigate-a-Riot, Lead Escapes, Rock Hurling, Dark Room Processing, Graffiti Tagging and more.
- Critical Decisions - Make decisions that affect the outcome of your character's story.
- Collectibles - Collect Real photos, recordings and intelligence.

RE-PLAY HISTORY

1979 Revolution breaks new ground in gaming with its usage of real historical assets.

- Take photos of actual historical events and compare them with the real ones.
- Watch actual stock footage.
- Trade contraband recordings. Listen to them with subtitles.

Collaborator Michel Setboun is a French Photojournalist who documented both sides of the Revolution in Iran 1978-1980. When taking photos in the game, you can compare your photo with the one taken by Michel Setboun in that same time in history.

art

Cinematics -In order to create a more dynamic experience in 1979 Revolution, we decided to go with the art look we love - graphic novel style for the cinematics.

Our concept artist and cinematic artist, Mr. Phoenix (an alias), is a standout young artist from Iran who has been working with us for several years. Due to the political sensitivities that relate to 1979 Revolution, Mr. Phoenix had to flee Iran. While relocating to the far corners of the world, he still continues to create the cinematics and concept art for 1979.

Fully rendered 3D Animation- Creating console style animation as well as using facial and body motion capturing.

Environments - We've paid meticulous attention to creating the environments and characters to be authentic and period accurate. By sourcing a number of photos, public and private, and hearing personal testimonials we've pieced together what we can proudly say is a conscientious depiction of the Tehran in 1979.

cast

We are thrilled to announce our SUPER talented cast that have breathed life into the script. Characters you remember, from the outstanding Navid Negahban who plays Abu Nazir in Showtime's Emmy Award winning Homeland to the stunning Farshad Farahat of Ben Affleck's Academy Award winning movie, Argo.

Their support, creativity and dedication brings 1979's premium narrative experience to the next level! We look forward to announcing the names of the ever growing amazing cast.

BACKSTORY

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 is a defining story for me. When I was 10 years old my grandfather took me by the hand and brought me to the streets in Tehran so I could witness what was happening in our country. In 1980 my family left Iran for good. Since then I grew up in Canada, later to move to my hometown of New York City.

Today, Iranian newspapers have wrongfully called me a spy for the US government because I am making this game. This accusation means that I can no longer return to Iran to see family or expose my children to the rich and beautiful culture that has made me who I am.

With the continuing tensions between the West and Iran and then the arab spring, and revolutions taking place all over the world, I felt the time was right and there was an opportunity to highlight the universal themes of revolution. I felt I could contribute to the discussion in a way that would be entertaining, engaging, important and authentic. By turning the gamer's lens on Iran's Revolution of 1979 more people could engage with the complexities of the time and unwind history and ultimately demystify a people and country that is not often understood in the west.

team

INK STORIES

New media studio based in New York City - with an animation studio in Toronto - founded in 2008. Developed by industry veterans who've worked on AAA games such as blockbuster franchises Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne, Bioshock, Manhunt, The Warriors, Alan Wake & Homefront plus iOs hits such as GEARS, Robokill 1 & 2 and Apocalypse Now comes a game that brings the high production value and deep narrative of AAA games to the touch intuitive screen of tablets and smartphones as well as PC/MAC and the console downloadable world.

iNK Stories creates Video Games, Graphic Novels, Documentary and Narrative films. We've got big ideas and the steam to achieve them.

WHAT WE’VE DONE SO FAR

We have the pipeline, down! Our expert team has completed a 20 minute prototype of 1979 Revolution. By creating a vertical slice and having all prototyping complete, we've encountered and addressed all the challenges already! As soon as we get the funding green light, we will be ready to apply all of our lessons learned and swing into full production to complete 1979 Revolution - Episode 1 - Black Friday.

We've created an open dialogue with the relevant publishing and distribution channels. Our grass roots marketing team has been thrilled by the continuing interest from major press outlets. From NPR, The New Yorker, CNN, BBC, Guardian, Kotaku and even Playboy - people have already showed us an unsolicited outpour of interest and support. We are excited to continue spreading the word so we can get the game into the hands that count - gamers! In the end we are not making the game for ourselves - we want YOU to enjoy the thrill ride of 1979.

WHAT WE’LL DO WITH THE FUNDING

Very simple, we are putting it all into the game. We see this amazing gesture of your faith as an opportunity to push the boundaries of gaming.

Making the prototype allowed the team to create and test the pipeline, now we need the funding so we can execute.

WHY CROWDFUNDING

1979 Revolution is a game that is blazing its own path; with sophisticated narrative content, use of historical assets, new media mix of gameplay all being brought to the tablet (the amazing tool that has democratized the gaming console). Because of the exciting new way we are approaching gaming, Crowdfunding allows us to speak to audiences directly and nurture an open dialogue that can help us deliver, together, the best game! Crowdfunding allows creators the ability to innovate without the censorship of big publishers. We are deeply grateful to Kickstarter for being our mouthpiece to an online community of supporters, like you, who back inspired projects and people.

get your rewards

*Domestic and International shipping available

REVOLUTIONARY $10

iOS or ANDROID DIGITAL + your name in the credits on the
official website as a
visionary backer

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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SECRET REVOLUTIONARY $15

PC/Mac/Linux Digital + your name in
CREDITS on the official website as a
REVOLUTIONARY

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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RENEGADE TEE $40

EXCLUSIVE premium t-shirt, Featuring Mr.
Phoenix’s art + the digital soundtrack.
Includes the game

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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FOOT SOLDIER + BIG PLAYER $40

Exclusive revolutionary socks + original
graffiti playing cards designed by Mr.
Phoenix. For the revolutionary in everyone.
Includes the game

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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INTELLECTUAL BOX SET $75

Exclusive digital graphic novel box set.
Includes the game

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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ART DEALER $125

Exclusive 11x18 poster signed by the team +
print of the 1979 cover art signed by Mr.
Phoenix. Includes the game

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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DOSSIER $250

Collection of ‘making of’ 1979 books, from
concept art to stories. Includes the game

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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NOMADIC REVOLUTION $500

Print or digital of the not-yet-released
90-page graphic novel by Navid Khonsari
and Mr. Phoenix + signed art print

Includes rewards from $250

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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VOICE OF THE PEOPLE $500

Let your words do the talking. Be a VOICE in
the game

Includes rewards from $250

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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REVOLUTIONARY PORTRAIT $1,000

Send us your picture and Mr. Phoenix
will create a custom framable portrait of you

Includes rewards from $250

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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FACE OF THE REVOLUTION + PARTY $2,500

Send us your picture and we’ll put
your face in the game as a part of
the wall of heroes + VIP pass to
Launch Party + guest

Includes rewards from $250

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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REVOLUTIONARY DIGNITARY $5000

We fly you to New York City for VIP
treatment. Attend the Launch Party,
Be the first to play the game while Navid
cooks you dinner
+ Associate Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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REBEL LEADER $7,500

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. Immortalize yourself, be an actual
character in the game in both cinematics
and graphic novel
+ Associate Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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BEARER OF GOOD NEWS $10,000

That’s what the name Navid means. We fly
you to LA or NY. Be in the studio to watch
Navid direct Navid Negahban. Then join
them for dinner.
+ Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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REVOLUTIONARY IN MOTION $10,000

We fly you to LA or NY and you get suited
up in full motion capture suit. Where you
will participate in the shoot
+ Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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NIGHT OF PAYNE $10,000

We fly you to LA or NY where you will
experience the city alongside the one and
only real Max Payne; James McCaffrey
and Navid Khonsari
+ Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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WAKING HOURS $10,000

We fly you to LA or NY where you will
experience the city alongside the one and
only real Alan Wake; Matthew Porretta
and Navid Khonsari
+ Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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NIGHT OF LAUGHTER $10,000

We fly you to LA or NY where you will
experience the city alongside the one and
only actor/comedian Maz Jobrani
and Navid Khonsari
+ Producer credit

Includes rewards from $2,500
Domestic Flights Only

Estimated delivery: Spring 2014

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EQUITY OPPORTUNITY TBD

 

Contact us for more information on this
limited opportunity to access equity in
1979 the Game

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FAQ

1. Will App store release a politically intriguing game like "1979 Revolution"?
So far so good. We've been in contact with Apple - sharing assets, etc. They have been both supportive and encouraging.

2. Will "1979 Revolution" be available in other languages?
Yes. We plan on localizing the game into many languages. We will keep you posted on details.

3. Will 1979 be available on the console?
Our first stretch goal is to offer 1979 available for the console.