In 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, the streets of Tehran are combustive, resistance smoldering from tensely linked groups that share a dissatisfaction with the Shah. The game, released this month after years of development, asks players to pick their side in the uprising: nonviolence or physical resistance. As a young photographer named Reza, your greatest tool of rebellion is your camera, which can prove just as deadly as any weapon.
Created by the New York-based Ink Stories with a team of mostly Iranian developers,1979 Revolution was first announced back in 2011. Led by Iranian-Canadian game developer Navid Khonsari, who has previously worked with Rockstar Games on titles such as the Grand Theft Auto series, the game had some high hurdles to completion. Khonsari told Kotaku in 2012 that after the game’s announcement, he was accused of being a spy by a conservative Iranian paper, which meant he couldn’t return to Iran. Another collaborator fled the country.