Sega have today announced new title, Binary Domain for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is a third person shooter with an emphasis on life and AI, with Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi heading up the development team.
As the cinematic trailer (below) shows, the game will be set in the year 2080, where players will be plunged into a war between humans and an invading robot army. Gamers will play as a member of an international peacekeeping squad, patrolling the abandoned lower levels of Tokyo in what’s being described by Sega as a “fast-paced and intense battle for humanity” There will also be an online feature in this game, but it is unknown whether this will be co-op or multiplayer as of yet.
While players may be thinking they have another Terminator Salvation on their hands, creator Toshihiro Nagoshi is keen to distance Binary Domain from the usual sci-fi shooters that have become so prevalent in recent times. Instead, he places emphasis on life and human drama, suggesting the game aspires to have a strong narrative to accompany its action-packed robot destruction.
"What I wanted to create this time was a dramatic and energetic sci-fi shooter. When you hear sci-fi you may think of cold, clinical environments but with Binary Domain I wanted to combine this with a deep human drama."
“The keyword we have in mind for this project is 'Life'. I wanted to make something that will be accepted by both the Japanese and Western markets, and this fundamental theme is something everyone knows but which the full extent of can be difficult to grasp.”
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In a letter on the official website for Binary Domain, Nagoshi reiterates that the core concept of this game is life, saying that "every setting and mechanic in the game is designed to revolve around life" with a lot of attention focused on AI in order to enhance the idea of life throughout the game.
“One of the key elements of this is the pursuit of strong and differentiated human AND robot AI. Aiming to have the worlds best AI was essential to bring a true realization of the concept of life to the players, through the story and the action within the gameplay”
Binary Domain seems to be deep in development if the trailer is anything to go by, depicting a battle against the robots in the lower part of Tokyo before rising up to the new civilization that towers over the stricken city below. Here we see what appears to be a lady holding her child, only for the camera to pan to what are clearly bionic legs, suggesting that the storyline is going to involve much more then a simple human versus robots scenario. Check it out for yourself:
It's notable that the characters, especially the guys, are American and it seems that the creators are trying to emulate the blockbuster games that come out of the US such as Call of Duty: Black Ops and the Halo franchise, which is understandable given the amount of sales such games command. The guys working on this made the Yakuza series, and while those games are great fun to play, they didn't sell vast amounts outside of Japan, so perhaps a move away from that style is required in order to compete with the biggest titles in shops today on a worldwide scale.
One thing to love about Japanese developed titles such as Yakuza is the quirkiness and charm that often comes with them, so let's hope that isn't lost in Binary Domain. Let's also hope the game doesn't go down the same road as Lost Planet 2, which didn't live up to the hype surrounding it prior to release. There has been no release date confirmed yet, but Game Rant will be here to bring you all the news regarding Binary Domain and its progress as it happens.
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