In the 1990s, Atari became involved with FMV for PC and Atari Jaguar, in a format called GameFilm, promising interactive films with smooth transitions and scene choices that didn’t immediately create deadlocks, but instead branch out into the story and influence the ending. calendar. The first GameFilm movie, Caves of Fear was completed but never released, while American Hero was filmed but not made into a game. The line was scrapped entirely, victim of Jaguar’s commercial failure.
Longtime publisher Ziggurat Interactive and developer Empty Clip Studios have brought American Hero back to life and brought protagonist Timothy Bottoms back for additional voice acting. The Bottoms, the star of The Last Picture Show who played George Bush in That My Bush! , alongside Danielle Roebuck of The Fugitive and Musetta Vander, who played Mrs. Elara in Dune 2000 and a substitute teacher who turns out to be a mantis. A woman in that one episode of Buffy.
In American Hero, Bottoms plays a former intelligence officer named Jack who has retired in response to a plot to bring down a “mind-controlling virus” in Los Angeles’ water supply. Jack must protect the world who has a cure for the virus, and this must express many terrible ironies. Well, we live in hope.
“With American Hero, we tried to strike a balance between preserving the original vision of the project and restoring editing where game assets are fragmented,” said Matt Schurz, CEO of Empty Clip Studios. “We think this was the best way to bring the game to life and allow players to experience a title that was never released to the public.”
American Hero will be released in the summer of 2021.