Binary Domain: Yakuza Creator's New Project Dated
Japanese developers don't typically embrace the shooter genre, but expect an intriguing sci-fi blast-fest from Sega.
It's Binary Domain and it now has a North American release date: February 14. European gamers can grab it three days later, which is pretty standard.
Featuring a futuristic setting (Tokyo in the year 2080), we face a dire situation: humans are battling robots for ultimate supremacy, but there's a twist to the scenario: are the robots becoming more human or are the humans becoming more like robots? If you're wondering, this is the new brainchild from Toshihiro Nagoshi, who was also responsible for the solid and popular Yakuza series. Said Nagoshi:
"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."
Nagoshi and Sega delivered quite a few entertaining Yakuza titles this generation, and we're obviously looking at a talented developer. But can they produce a great squad-based shooter? Furthermore, how will the Japanese gamers receive it? Obviously, this is another example of a Japanese publisher attempting to cater to Western tastes, but it has to compete in this crazy tough market... Let's hope for the best.
Related Game(s): Binary Domain
8/19/2011 9:10:49 PM Ben Dutka