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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

Tags: binary domain, sega, binary domain release date

8/19/2011 9:10:49 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Lawless SXE
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 9:48:37 PM
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See, now this is a game that I'm interested in. Thanks for bringing the news of a date so I can start properly getting excited for it.

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GuyverLT
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 9:49:16 PM
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In the worst case scenario if it's somewhat good it will find it's niche audience. It might not do all well here in the states, but I could be wrong.

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BikerSaint
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:25:56 PM
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I've been keeping an eye on this one by YouTube'ing all the DB videos.

It's on my "I want" list!!

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cLoudou
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 11:05:24 PM

Since you are a collector, what's not on your 'I want' list?

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BikerSaint
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 12:37:10 PM

cLoudou,

LOL, true!
But I tend to lump them into 3 basic lists

1. Must have list (ASAP)

2. Want list (want to play, but will wait a bit for good price drops)

3. Need list (won't play, but still need for collection purposes, as in cheap $10 & under bargain bin buys).

BUT.....
Now that I'm out of work, I've had to make brand new list....

1. Can't buy (all of the 3 prior lists above, so Saint's been a sad Panda lately)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:27:38 PM
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Flop city. Loved Yakuza 4, they need to stick that sort of thing.

I'm currently being mildly entertained by Platinum's Vanquish, a generic, clinical, robot-strewn game that has some of the good Japanese influence but is nearly ruined by its attempts at western-ness.

There are plenty of great western shooters already, the problem seems to be that Japanese developers have no clue what is happening in them that makes them successful. So they should stick to the great work that they already do with other things.

I, Robot, Terminator, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, I think we've seen this theme enough times.


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Lawless SXE
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:39:27 PM

But it's more than just shooting bots. It's a bit like the Dead Space Necromorphs where you can shoot pieces off them and they react to that. Better yet, there's a squad trust system in the game and you can make choices in terms of tactics, as well as make certain speech choices and that affects the way that certain squad members react to you.

In many ways it is a Western-styled shooter, but it also has a clear Eastern influence. Besides, I'd argue that people are sick of shooting people.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:47:02 PM

I admit I don't know much about it, those do sound like some of the changes that I argued for for FPS games actually. This is a talented team, so I guess I'm worried they are just wasting their time.

I just watched a trailer, it had me until that squad went in to handle the problem. Right there it looked like it was about to get generic.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 11:22:12 PM

True, the shooting won't be anything terrible innovative, but it's shooting, what can really be done?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 3:48:12 PM

I dunno, but there's far too much shooting going on in this industry. I'll keep an eye on BD with some hope though.

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Oxvial
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 10:42:24 PM
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Sure gonna have a great plot, not sure about the gameplay.

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mad pony
Friday, August 19, 2011 @ 11:31:13 PM
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I need to find out more about this game.

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Jdogtoocool
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 12:00:00 AM
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A certain someone is going to be all over this recent piece of news

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 12:34:00 AM

Yeah, I was waiting for him to show up...

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A2K78
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 1:23:43 AM
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I'm still waiting for Nagoshi to make a Virtua Striker 5/20XX and now is the perfect time for it now that steroscopic 3D is standard in new arcade releases.

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___________
Saturday, August 20, 2011 @ 3:58:26 AM
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wait....... this is being made by the guys who do yakuza?
wow, i never knew that!
was really intrigued by this, but i think ill pass now.
if i want a game that looks like it released 5 years ago, and has 50 lines of text boxes instead of audio dialogue ill turn on a retro machine not my ps3 thanks!

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