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Progetto Ustica

Status Updates

2017-04-05: title added to greenlight with the title of 'Progetto Ustica'
2017-06-07: status changed from 'Waiting' to 'Greenlit'
2018-03-08: status changed from 'Greenlit' to 'Released'
Progetto Ustica is a serious game that aims at keeping alive the memory of one of the most tragic events in recent Italian history. It is an interactive experience, created for PC and MAC and supporting Oculus Rift VR and HTC VIVE.
Progetto Ustica recreates the main events of the 50 minutes flight of the ITAVIA DC9 shot down from the sky over the Tyrrhenian Sea at 8:58 PM on June 27, 1980.
The exact chain of events was never confirmed. The facts are still highly controversial but what we know with a fair amount of certainty from legal and technical evaluations is that the DC9 was shot down by a military missile that killed 77 passengers and 4 crew members. Several military aircrafts were most likely involved: one or two Libyan Mig23; two Italian F104 that crossed the DC9 course a few minutes before it started plummeting; two unidentified aircrafts that engaged in a military operation and shot down the DC9 by mistake.

Progetto Ustica puts the player inside the DC9 shortly after its take off, from a first person point of view. The player explores its cabin, interacts with objects and people, and finds several objects that unlock additional features:
  • new points of view, freely selectable by the player, that show what is happening from the perspective of the military aircrafts, a radar vision that encompasses the whole scenario, a lone nocturnal fisherman watching the sky, and more;
  • audio transcripts of that night radio communications, both between the DC9 and the control towers contacted during the flight and between military aircrafts and their control centers;
  • contextual information on the military activity in the Tyrrhenian Sea, new hints on events of that night and on what followed: investigations, cover-ups, suspicious deaths, and more.
The player retraces the events of that night through multiple points of view, each one contributing to build a different path among several possible cameras.

Progetto Ustica[/] is not intended as a scientifically accurate recreation of facts, or as an investigative game that aims at discovering the truth.
Progetto Ustica is a game for memory. some details of the scenario are true, others are plausible. we leave the player the task to further research and not to forget.

The game is now in development. It will be published in summer 2017.

Realized in collaboration with Associazione Parenti Vittime della Strage di Ustica.