It has to be a bit jarring for gamers when one of their favorite developers goes from making the emotion filled Yakuza games to a third person shooter. But if this latest trailer for Binary Domain is any proof, it seems fans won’t have anything to worry about.
The latest trailer for Binary Domain, titled “Bigger Than You Think,” highlights the story of a military squad that covertly enters Tokyo just as it’s on the brink of destruction by an army of rogue robots. Sounds pretty over the top, but then again the Yakuza franchise never had the most subtle story telling techniques, and those games are known for their impressive characters and engrossing storylines.
Judging by the trailer, we can expect to see the same level of story telling from the developers over at Sega. Comradery is emphasized throughout the trailer, leaving us to expect that the game won’t just be telling a story of two dimensional soldiers fighting robots.
Check out the trailer to see for yourself:
In a recent interview with Destructoid, Binary Domain director Toshihiro Nagoshi discussed how story is one of the key components of the upcoming shooter, saying that he realizes a powerful story can resonate with gamers and make the game all the more memorable. The reason Studio Yakuza went with a third person shooter, however, was because they wanted to create something that would appeal to Western gamers just as much as Eastern gamers. By setting the game in Japan, Nagoshi hopes to create a game that will be distinctly Japanese, yet will appeal to a much wider crowd than the Yakuza series ever did.
“My development team has previously created the Yakuza series for Japan, which has been acclaimed by many players for its deep story. Through the experiences of developing the Yakuza series, we learned how a game with good story would remain strong in the players’ memories, and we also learned what we need in order to make a game accepted in the Western market.”
“Yet, with so many great games already dominating the Western market, we came to conclusion that we should create a game that can only be created by Japanese developers. That was one of the reasons we chose Tokyo for the world of Binary Domain, and we also wanted the Western players to know more about Japan through this game.”
While the game does look promising, it seems it might just need a tad more polish, as Sega has chosen to delay the game by two weeks. Binary Domain was supposed to land in North America on February 14th, but now has a release date of February 28th. As someone who absolutely adored Yakuza 3, I can’t wait to see what the team at Yakuza Studio can bring to the genre, and hope Binary Domain has a story worth remembering.
Binary Domain releases February 28th, 2012, for the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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