RIOT: Civil Unrest is an upcoming real-time riot simulation title from Merge Games which has players taking part, or attempting to prevent riots.

In RIOT: Civil Unrest players can be part of the riot or part of the teams putting an end to the chaos through four campaigns which tackle some of the world’s most recent confrontations and conflicts. There are 30 scenarios in total, from Oakland to Tahir Square.

This is set to be a thought-provoking experience, according to the developer, who created this game based on real-life experiences. RIOT: Civil Unrest is the brainchild of creator Leonard Menchiari who, in 2001, attended the NO-TAB protests in Italy, where he witnessed both sides of the chaos.

Players will be given objectives for each scenario and must choose how to tackle each one using strategies and tactics in order to get a (hopefully) civil outcome. Can players calm down the protests before things kick off, or can players face-off against the militia. This game hopes to answer that by rating the player at the end of each scenario. Did they damage public opinion?

The game features stunning pixel art with each member of the crowd having their own artificial intelligence which gives the crowd a more realistic feel than blocks of characters all behaving the same. In addition, the PC edition of the game offers an editor which allows players to create their own scenarios.

Check out the game’s trailer below:

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RIOT: Civil Unrest launches on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch February 5-7, 2019.

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