Kuma going back to Iran

Assault on Iran, Pt. 3: Payback in Iraq in development as response to Iranian students' digital take on volatile situation.

Since the 1979 incident involving Iranian students taking 52 Americans hostage at the US embassy in Tehran, relations between the two countries haven't exactly been neighborly. Talks between the US and Iran have been cut off by several administrations, but one company is hoping to reopen discussions--through games.

Kuma Reality Games develops PC games based on real-life world events, and has spent much of the past several years developing new missions for its Kuma/War game based on various military proceedings in the Middle East. A recent mission titled Assault on Iran saw gamers head into the country in an effort to stop the development of nuclear weapons.

Late last month, it was reported that a group of Iranian students are developing a game that takes the nuclear weapons situation from Iran's point of view. In it, Iranian Special Forces, led by the fictional Commander Bahman, attempt to rescue a nuclear scientist from the clutches of US soldiers.

Kuma has shot back by announcing the PC game Assault on Iran, Pt. 3: Payback in Iraq, reports Reuters. According to the game's creators, part three isn't retaliation, but rather an opportunity for some cyber-discourse.

"It's an opportunity for us to have this back and forth," Kuma executive Keith Halper told Reuters. "We'll see which way it goes. Hopefully they'll pick it up and we'll have this discourse."

Kuma's new game follows up on the storyline of the Iranian students' game. In Payback in Iraq, Commander Bahman discovers that the Iranian scientist wasn't in fact captured by US soldiers--he defected.

Assault on Iran, Pt. 3: Payback in Iraq is currently scheduled to be released--when else?--July 4.

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36 comments
VincentV21
VincentV21

I highly doubt the Iranian students feel like having a discourse, unless by discourse they mean kill a bunch of innocent people and blame america

iniquitous
iniquitous

Clever idea on the part of the developers. The idea is to use the entertainment medium of video games to divert some dangerous real-world tensions into a semi-friendly international/cultural rivalry. In other words, entertaining propoganda. Commander Bahman vs. Sam Fisher? Anyone?

Xeythe
Xeythe

Kuma War has been out for a while now...I remember playing it like more than a year ago...

ivan_the_one
ivan_the_one

this will probably be adding fuel to the fire of people who want to ban games...they'll probably say that it makes people want to start wars or something stupid like that......

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

War through video games? I could imagine this causing a lot of problems between Iran and America even though this is a video game. Maybe not the governments but the people. To Benri4761- I am a American. And I am damn proud of it! I'll be damned if you are going to sit at the computer where ever you are and say the United States of America is a sick country! I'm sure others will be equally mad about this seeing as how over half of Gamespot's community is American.

benri4761
benri4761

Hey Blazer, you are a complete moron (as if you didn't know already). The only evil country mentioned in this story is the US. Maybe you should do a little research on Iranian-US relations, and you'll learn that before Iran became what you call "evil," the US had propped up a leader in that country for decades that let his people suffer while he lived the good life. Remember, the US is the same country that brought Saddam Hussein to power and funded Osama bin Laden in the 1980's when he was fighting the Soviets. It's a sick country that uses it's power recklessly without ever even considering the consequences.

Zane182
Zane182

Wonder what Jack Thompson will say about this one? haha.

Blazer88
Blazer88

Awsome.There should be more games where you take on evil countries like Iran.

evolutiontapped
evolutiontapped

Sure KUMA sucks but at least they are trying to have fun! Its kinda funny... if they get the Iranian students to keep it going it could even end up being cool in a funny silly way........

h_cj
h_cj

Listen guy : in 1979 all of 52 Americans hostage in iran ware SPYs of America . it's not joking.and Americans army went to iran for free the hostages ; but the all of army DEAD in the desert. So i did'nt see anything for make a game for that.

DevilHunterX
DevilHunterX

I wonder where I can get the Irani students game demo?

Deval
Deval

Outlaw405 is right, Kuma does suck and this article is going to start another load of "Iran sucks"/"America Sucks" comments. It was funny the first time especially GKBeetle's reading of a history book to try and sound older than 12. Hope you read this Beetle, cause I ain't reading your reply =p

Outlaw405
Outlaw405

Kuma War sucked in the first place, why are they still trying? and continuing the storyline of somebody elses game? wtf, is this a sequel or something? what if they wanted to make a sequel to their own game? that was a very pathetic move. now they would be lucky if they can even compete with an amatuer group of students.

Lord_Bafford
Lord_Bafford

geez sounds like a pretty crappy idea to me

faizali86
faizali86

i agree with benny, instead of making gamers around the world hate each other, make some ww2 games or scifi games. gamers love shooting aliens, zombies, and nazis!

DevilHacker
DevilHacker

Iran is led by a crazy psycho... I find it funny that a game would try to portray that... lol... Kuma War is something else...

Benny_is_here
Benny_is_here

Stuff like this causes dispute between gamers of the two sides. Not good.

speedy2295
speedy2295

it's better to fight war through games than too actually threaten the lives of our troops. this rivalry could possibly turn into an awesome storyline in a kind of weird collaboration of each others material. but it could also increase tension between our countries and the current situation we're in right now or it could also possibly lessen the tensions now that iran has agreed to talk to the u.s. hopefully the latter choice but i just don't see it happening. the human mind is a very weird thing thats why we see people born in other countries as completely diffrent from us but we all have the same body organ layout we're the same species yet some people try to divide the earth's population up by diffrences that should celebrated not looked down upon by the way i'm only 14.

trj156
trj156

the irani government is stupid, so are their nuclear programs

ghsacidman
ghsacidman

Kuma War is a great game. Demollyon.... you should try to actually read the article before posting a reply. "What does this have to do with gaming?" Cause it's a game, thats what it has to do with gaming. And if you actually read the article instead of just trying to be first, you'd know that.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

I don't know about this game... sounds like propaganda to me.

Toadstool1969
Toadstool1969

This shows the guys at Kuma Reality Games have a great sense of humor. "Commander Bahman discovers that the Iranian scientist wasn't in fact captured by US soldiers--he defected." ... that is classic!

StanleyL
StanleyL

Assault on Iran, Pt. 4: Iran's Revenge US soldiers discovers that the Iranian scientist wasn't in fact a defector, but a double agent!

UltimaCloudX
UltimaCloudX

I don't know... this sounds like it will create a ton of controversy, and possibly more tension between the two countries than anything; regardless of its fiction or fact. The U.S. and Iran are in a volatile state of communications as it is; and considering that none of the issues have been resolved between the two (not to mention the U.N. either), it seems like the intent is more to rally for different causes, and instigate more distrust and miscommunication... I do not think this is the right time or place to be making a videogame based on a real life potential crisis. Games are not viewed so much as toys anymore, and many game developers use them to show their own form of storytelling and art. I believe this would be more perceived as a riot inducer, than a fun play-from-both-perspectives, especially considering it is being developed by Iranian students, and titled "Assault on Iran", when there has not been an assault either, but again, puts the idea out there... It may be one thing to have Tom Clancy as the author, since everyone knows he writes fiction about things like this, but I doubt even he would put his name on such a sensitive issue like this, right as it was going on. I don't think this is a good idea to "reopen discussions -- through games", and would just make Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman have a hayday; and July 4th....? C'mon, tell me that isn't trying to start anything.

KorJax
KorJax

Guys. Kuma War is already out. The developers release missions involving real-life events when they happen or every now and then. Its not a very good game though. Bad graphics, crap gameplay, bad AI. You can download it for free, but i belive you have to pay for the individual missions on a horrible game engine. Ah well. Neat idea, wrong company doing it.

DDX2
DDX2

how is the world going to get any where if game developers are going to do this

lageasy311
lageasy311

If the game is about shooting americans they can kiss my red white and blue ass!!!!!!

MasterManiac772
MasterManiac772

July 4. Yeah, I've heard that if you buy the game, you get a coupon for a free "lard-arse McSlurpy bowl" at KFC.

squarephreak
squarephreak

Why do people keep asking "What does this have to do with gaming?" on these different articles that are about games or game related stuff? Do you even bother to read the articles?

TimSpot
TimSpot

@ demollyn - Uhhh... it's a game.

demollyon
demollyon

what does gaming have to do with this?

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I wonder how this will work and if it will turn out to be a M game. Some of the ideas sound good for a game but wonder if really will not be good might makes things worse for them ( Iran ). I hope not but we will see soon what happens from this. Nuclear weapons and Iranian Special Forces attempt to rescue a nuclear scientist from the clutches of US soldiers I have to wonder how mad some US people will get when a game like this comes out.Mind you its a game that will most likely never get to the US but that does not mean that it might make people up set with it ideas for a game. I would like to see how they work out a game like this but if not am fine without.