Riot: Civil Unrest to break out of Early Access and march in the streets in February

Riot: Civil Unrest will let you control rioters or cops in several real-world-based scenarios when it comes to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

It’s been something of an eternity since I first saw the striking debut trailer to Riot: Civil Unrest, which was revealed in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in February 2013. In the years that followed, I often wondered if the game would end up indie vapourware. Turns out I was wrong. A year after its Early Access debut, Riot: Civil Unrest is finally ready to take to the streets.

According to publisher Merge Games, Riot: Civil Unrest will release in early February across Steam (PC, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The release will be staggered across three days, from 5 to 7 February, but the publisher has not clarified when exactly each version of the game will be released.

There’s also a new trailer out for the game:

The game’s campaigns are set around the Mediterranean and will take players through Egypt during the Arab Spring, the Indignados Movement in Spain, the No TAV Movement in Italy, and an unspecified riot set in Keratea, Greece. Apart from these, there are numerous single-level scenarios set in Oakland (California), Ukraine, and London.

Players can also recreate their favourite local riots in the PC-exclusive editor, which comes with even more scenarios set in Iran (Shohada Square), Hamburg (G20) and France (Gilets Jaunes). It is not clear where these levels will be available in other versions of the game. If they’re not, well, I predict a riot.

For more information on the game, check out its official website here.

If you’d rather make big political changes as a whistleblower journalist, check out The Occupation. Also have a look at the Japanese-style RPG Long Gone Days and its military setting.

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