Iranian Revolution examined in 1979: The Game

Thursday, 17th February 2011 05:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Navid Khonsari, the cutscene director responsible for Grand Theft Auto 3′s distinctive cinematic feel, is working on 1979: The Game, which explores the events of the Iranian Revolution.

Iranian-born Khonsari told RT that the game is designed to stimulate discussion.

“One of the main objectives here was to start some kind of social dialog amongst people who are gonna play it,” he said.

“Not just in the West, but around the world.

“Things aren’t so black and white when you are able to understand the side of the victim, as well as the side of the aggressor.”

Allowing players to take on up to ten different roles throughout its course, the new title won’t shy away from politically sensitive issues.

“It’s not a matter of bad guys going after good guys, or good guys going after bad guys,” he explained.

“Whether they’re Iranian, American, pro-democracy, pro-theocracy; whether they just want to make money on the side by sneaking in alcohol; or whether they want to make sure everyone wants to follow the religious rules of Islam.

“These are all different stories, and to be able to actually convey that and let people interact as those players.”

No word on when, how or what form the final release will take. Khonsari also worked on Alan Wake and the Max Payne series before forming the independent multimedia company, Ink Stories.

You can watch RT’s full interview with Khonsari below.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Syrok

    That’s actually a pretty interesting interview. :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DuckOfDestiny

    Wow that interview had some of the worst editing I have ever seen.

    The game itself sounds very interesting.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Well, Mr. Khonsari you made yourself a target, dealing with Islamic Republic of Iran and the douches that leading it is something that is bad for everyone’s health. That being said I do admire the idea if I’m able to rewrite history in it, let’s say my actions prevent what happened during those days, or lead it into a global crisis. I’d like to be able to chose my role as someone who organizes rebels and yet go on my own path with my own agendas which will lead me to destroy the idea of an islamic revolution and transform it to a secular democratic evolution. Then sir you’ll have my respect for the efforts you put to make a game truly marvelous and full of possibilities.

    #3 4 years ago

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