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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July 31

Development Update

Hi Everyone

If you’ve been following the development Trello for RIOT - we have noticed some people discussing it - then you will have seen a lot of updates with the team addressing whole lists of changes. This is due to a small internal beta to help the team identify key issues before moving ahead with larger scale tests. With the momentum of these changes, the team is looking to wrap up another internal test before proceeding to the next steps.

The major changes that have been seen through this first internal beta test cycle have been to the UI. So the we have seen reports that when a player commits to an action, it was hard to see what that actually meant. Of course, it’s a riot, so it’s bound to be a little chaotic right? But the team wanted to be sure that it was deliberately confusing so there have been a few sweeping changes to correct for this. The game is now at a stage where we are quite happy with where we are.

New selection indicators have been added to make things clearer

Various tips have been updated and polished

...and much, much more has been added and improved!

The team will now switch focus back to gameplay. A list of milestones has been outlined and the team is dedicated to speedy delivery!

So at this point, you’re probably eager to comment “When can we play the beta?” Well, we will be giving all backers beta access soon - we will make an announcement when this happens, the backers will be able to relay their thoughts and help fine tune RIOT, and once we’re set with all of the suggestions and with changes implemented, we’ll be ready to launch! We are absolutely confident the release will be this year! Once we have a clearer idea on the release date we will update the store page and we will announce it here.

Thank you to everyone that’s continued to support RIOT’s development! We will keep you updated at key points so you know what’s going on.
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July 5

E3 IndieCade Showcase

Hi Everyone,

If you attended E3 this year, you may have seen RIOT: Civil Unrest. The team had a stand at the indiecade with Leonard Menchiari showcasing the game to attendees.

Take a look, everyone who got their hands on the game loves it. It’s really great to see people enjoying the game and confirming to the team to us that the game is nearly at the next stage.

Thanks again to everyone that’s been hanging in there, supporting the game, continuing to comment and show interest. Lots more good news to follow soon!

At E3 IndieCade. Thanks to everyone that joined in and played RIOT!

Recent tests. It’s looking great!
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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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