As civil crisis deepens and inequality tears the very fabric of society the discontentment of the masses manifests itself in violent public disturbances and civil disorder. Play as the police or the angry horde as RIOT – Civil Unrest places you in some of the world’s most fractious disputes.
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May 31

RIOT - May Update

Hello Everyone!

Another month has flown by while the team have been hard at work on the game.
In our silence, we've been laser-focused on some of the following things:

  • Improving A.I
  • Balancing levels
  • Polishing UI
  • Adding new levels
  • Bug fixing
There have been major changes and improvements made to almost every area of the game and we're slowly closing in on a more complete build.

Following feedback from some real-life riot attendees, the team have even made audio and crowd tweaks to more realistically mimic an actual riot.

While we can't confirm an exact release date right now, rest assured that we're aiming to deliver the best possible game we can. We don't want to release RIOT anything short of great, so it's taking time. Hopefully, this will pay off for everyone :).

Thanks again to everyone for the continued support and patience.
It keeps the team going through the long days and nights.

More news soon!

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April 21

RIOT Progress Update – Tutorials, Code, Polishing and more!

We’re getting there folks!
The team is still hard at work trying to finish RIOT so you can all jump in and begin playing out the scenarios.
Sorry for the delays but we do have a lot to share with you. Two things I would like to touch on today are the tutorial development progress – The team has been working hard to ensure that when you pick up and play RIOT, you aren’t completely lost in a sea of chaos, you’ll at least be prepared for it! So the team has been refining the tutorial so that you are ready when the first teargas canister or Molotov is thrown.

Note: This recording was sped up

So tutorials are one thing, “But why is it taking so long?!” I hear you yell.
Well, there’s been much, much more to this development project than meets the eye. A lot of the more time consuming elements are code related and might seem a little boring to go into detail. So we like to share the more aesthetic changes and updates here with you all and lightly touch on what’s been going on under the surface.

Intro sequences have been refined, the team has also improved cutscenes and the menu system is getting a face-lift. In terms of underlying code changes, AI has been an ongoing battle – think of the game like a grand strategy, then give each soldier their own emotional response to each dynamic event…Cue headaches.
We’ll try to keep you posted on more updates, sorry for the delay between the last post and this.

We’re sure we can give you a release date soon.

Thanks for hanging in there and for the continued support everyone. It means a lot to everyone on the team!

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“...the strikingly beautiful pixel art lends some serious weight to the game's portrayal of chaos in the streets.”

“...mixture of passion, adrenaline and chaos that often accompany moments when the two sides clash.”
The New York Times

“RIOT is making a bold attempt to tapp into this emerging genre in a way few games are.”

About This Game

As the world’s economical crisis deepens and inequality tears the very fabric of society the discontentment of the masses manifests itself in violent public disturbances and civil disorder.

RIOT – Civil Unrest is the highly anticipated real-time strategy game that places the player right in the heart of some of the world’s most fractious riots -Indignados (Spain), Arab Spring (Egypt), Keratea (Greece) and NoTAV (Italy). Already heavily backed on Steam Greenlight, RIOT – Civil Unrest is coming to Steam this summer.

RIOT – Civil Unrest’s creator, Leonard Menchiari, experienced rioting first-hand at the NoTAV protests in Italy. He created the game to tell the stories and express the feelings experienced during these clashes. What triggers the crowd to behave with such anger and aggression? Often outnumbered, what does a police officer feel like during the conflict? RIOT – Civil Unrest presents the player with the opportunity to experience both sides of the fight - a fight in which there really are no winners. Who is right and who is wrong? Experience RIOT – Civil Unrest and draw your own conclusions.

Play as the Police

  • Employ numerous crowd-control tactics, both passive and aggressive.
  • Command Assault, Tactical, Ballistic, Arrest and Plain Clothes squads.
  • Call in police trucks, water cannon, snatch squads and others.
  • Choose whether to use smoke grenades, rubber and plastic bullets, tasers or even live ammunition.

Play as the Rioters

  • Instruct Leaders, Agitators, Rioters (armed and passive) and Journalists.
  • Incite rage and cause the masses to act aggressively or try to calm the situation with tactical crowd reformation and retreats.
  • Attack authority with Molotov cocktails, fireworks, paper-bombs, rocks, street furniture and the power of the media.

Multiple Modes

  • Twenty levels split over four campaigns Keratea (Greece), NoTAV (Italy), Indignados (Spain) and Arab Spring (Egypt).
  • See the story unfold from both sides - play all twenty levels as the Rioters or the Police.
  • Single player mode - play against the computer AI.
  • Skirmish mode - play against a friend on the same computer.
  • Multiplayer mode: play against a friend online.

Create your own Riots with the level editor

  • Alter the look of the confrontation by importing your own background graphics.
  • Position elements, vehicles and obstacles where you want them.
  • Set the time of day and the weather.
  • Choose and position rioters and police starting points as well as their orders and level of aggression.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or better
    • Processor: 1.80GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible card
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or better
    • Processor: 1.80GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: UBUNTU 10.10 or better
    • Processor: 1.80GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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