The next game from the creators of indie hit Gone Home announces its next game, Tacoma, will release August 2 exclusively on Xbox One and PC. At the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing, a 30-second teaser for Tacoma was shown, but developer Fullbright Games also posted a full version of that teaser:
Tacoma looks to be following in the footsteps of what made Gone Home a highly-acclaimed game. While the game's couldn't be further from each other when it comes to setting, Fullbright looks to continue its pedigree of developing engaging first-person exploration games with a heavy story focus.
The official description of the game goes like this:
Tacoma is a narrative adventure set aboard a high-tech space station in the year 2088. As you go about your mission, you’ll explore every detail of how the station’s crew lived and worked, finding the clues that add up to a gripping story of trust, fear, and resolve in the face of disaster.
As can be seen in the trailer, players will explore a space station—which definitely has vibes of the film Gravity and the game Adrift, which released in 2016—and piece together what happened in the past by finding holograms that play out what happened aboard. The main crux of this type of game is for players to experience the environment of the game while also viewing audio/video logs, both delivering a story experience. It worked for Gone Home, so hopefully Fullbright can deliver an engaging experience again for gamers with Tacoma.
It definitely plays to the strengths of Fullbright, which was founded by veteran developers of 2K Marin who worked on the expansion for Bioshock 2, Minerva's Den. Tacoma feels much more like BioShock than Gone Home did, with its mysterious setting and secluded space station (which one could definitely draw vague comparisons to Bioshock's underwater city of Rapture). Players will be able to explore and discover the story and mysteries of Tacoma this summer.
Tacoma will launch August 2, 2017, exclusively on Xbox One and PC (via Steam).