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Take to the streets! “RIOT: Civil Unrest” leaves early access in February

RIOT: Civil Unrest, a real-time riot simulation experience, is set to leave early access during February.

In RIOT, you will encounter and engage in protests and riots in 30 different scenarios based on real-life events from Venezuela to Egypt. You are given the choice to play as law enforcement or the protesters, and the game itself was inspired by the real experiences of Leonard Menchiari after he attended the NO-TAV protests in Italy in 2011. After witnessing how police and protesters interacted with each other, he was inspired to create the pixel art experience of RIOT: Civil Unrest in an effort to show both sides of a conflict, what triggers aggression and how police react to being outnumbered by protesters.

During your time with RIOT: Civil Unrest you will have objectives you must solve, and how you solve them is up to you. How you riot/control the crowd is in your hands. Crowd behavior is unique in that each character is individualized. According to Merge Games Ltd,

Player performance is rated, aggression can lead to a quick, successful outcome but a softer approach may have the same resolution without damaging public opinion.

For the PC version, RIOT will come with a level editor that you can use to create and share personalized scenarios.

RIOT: Civil Unrest will be releasing on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. Will you be picking up a copy?

Travis is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in journalism. He has had a passion for gaming ever since he played Pokémon Red Version and Donkey Kong 64. Some of his all-time favorite titles include Halo Reach, Spec Ops: The Line and Fallout: New Vegas. In his free time, Travis enjoys making a hot mess of himself and making situations awkward. Finger guns and puns are his specialties.

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