Squadmates: can’t live with them, can’t quash a futuristic android rebellion without them. And lest you think you can get away with being a jerk to your virtual allies in the forthcoming shooter Binary Domain, Sega has released a new trailer explaining how the game’s Consequence System will control how your teammates perform on the field depending on your leadership style (or complete lack thereof).
Binary Domain takes place in 2080 Tokyo wherein tensions between humans and self-aware cyborgs have reached a violent tipping point. In it, players will control the leader of an international peace-keeping squad sent in to put down an army of rogue machines in a mission that may or may not be as morally black and white as it first appears.
As explained in the video, the actions and attitude of every squadmate in Binary Domain will be governed by a trust level that changes in accordance to how smart, selfish, dickish or heroic the player acts in the game. It’s an interesting idea, but here’s hoping players will also be able to use friendly fire as a means to instruct squadmates to shut the hell up and do their damn job.
The game is being developed by Yakuza Studio, a newly formed company comprised of Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and other Yakuza devs. It will be released worldwide for PS3 and Xbox 360 in February 2012.
Oct 10, 2011