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Anarchy reigns as RIOT: Civil Unrest releases this week

The real-time riot sim is coming to all platforms

Ever wondered about what it would be like to be part of a riot? What about from a law enforcement angle? Well, UK publisher Merge Games might have something to interest you. Today they announced that their real-time riot simulator RIOT: Civil Unrest is coming out on all platforms over the next two weeks. As of today, it is available on PS4 in the US, tomorrow (February 6th ) it will be released on Xbox One and PS4 in the EU, February 7th for Nintendo Switch and PC on February 12th.

RIOT: Civil Unrest has been developed by an Italian man called Leonard Menchiari. He was inspired by his own experiences of the NO-TAV protests in Italy during the summer of 2011. He was able to see the protests from both the protestors and the law enforcement point of view and thought that it could make an interesting focus for a video game.

The game takes a look at how riots are formed and how all sides interact with each other. First of all, you need to decide which side you want to play as. You choose the Police or the Rioters. Depending on who you chose, you have a lot of management options available to you.

As the Police you get to control:

  • Crowd-control tactics
  • Command assault, ballistics, and tactical squads
  • Call in reinforcements
  • Choose between passive and aggressive enforcement methods… even down to live weaponry

If you want to play as the Rioters:

  • Instruct Rioters, both passive or aggressive, and strategically place Journalists in the field
  • Incite rage or attempt to calm the crowd down, maybe even retreat
  • Choose to act aggressively using an assortment of handmade weaponry or to act through the power of the media.

Each side has a very different story to tell.

The game has over 30 different scenarios to play through spread out across multiple campaigns. There are recognisable locations in the game which correspond to real life riots and protests such as Oakland CA and Tahrir Square in Egypt. Can you change their outcome?

As mentioned above, RIOT: Civil Unrest starts releasing today. It is priced at $19.99 / €19.99 / £14.99 for consoles and $16.99 / €16.99 / £12.99 for the PC version. If you want to check it out before you buy it then have a look at our review first!