An Iranian immigrant and entrepreneur is preparing the launch of a new video game based on the Iran’s 1979 revolution, The Guardian reported Sunday.
Navid Khonsari, who moved to Canada with his family in 1979, presented a Kickstarter of the game called 1979 Revolution in 2013.
“I wanted people to feel the passion and the elation of being in the revolution – of feeling that you could possibly make a change,” Khonsari told The Guardian.
“I didn’t have that realistic view of what was taking place. To me as a 10-year-old boy, it was all pretty exciting – seeing military vehicles roll down the street, seeing massive amount of people being able to take over an entire an area – these mass demonstrations were so impressive,” he said.
The new video game, which was reportedly slammed as Western propaganda by a pro-Iranian government newspaper, is due to be released in spring 2015.
It is based on a protagonist called Reza who stayed in Iran following the Revolution and works as a photo journalist.
In the game, players have the possibility to listen to speeches from Ayatollah Khomeini, take pictures of the on-screen revolution as well as listen to characters voiced by Iranian-American actors.
The entrepreneur has worked on several video games including Grand Theft Auto, Max Payne and Manhunt.