Iridium Studios, an Indie developer, has announced that its upcoming strategy game There Came an Echo
will be coming to Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program. The game will be Kinect-enabled, allowing the player, a field commander, to give voice commands to his or her squad out in the field. The game is another Kickstarter project. Iridium invested so heavily in voice talent and the voice command abilities that it then needed to raise some money to pump into the art department.
There Came an Echo might be confused for a standard military procedural, and considering the manner in which you interact with your units, that's understandable. However, most of the characters under your direct command have no prior military experience...they're learning as they go, and only your cool head and quick thinking is keeping them alive. The script is very firmly classified as science-fiction.
Corrin (played by Wil Wheaton) is a 31-year-old cryptographer and inventor of a very particular encryption algorithm...one that currently holds safe a shocking secret. His comfortable existence is interrupted by the enigmatic Val, who informs him that his life is in very imminent danger. His desperate attempts to uncover the truth are aided by a mercenary, Miranda; a vengeful young woman, Grace; and a mysterious British gentleman named Syll. The group is often at odds with one another, but eventually, they'll need to overcome their enmity to strike back at the forces who kill, indiscriminately and without mercy, for a chance to unravel the deepest mysteries of the cosmos.
The game takes place in the near future, and features some advanced technology: directed energy weaponry, personal energy fields, and various other accoutrements.
Like we said, not your standard military fare.
One thing that makes the project interesting is that the voice commands can be customized to fit each player's style. One can use the pre-scripted commands or create new ones. In the following in-progress video, we hear the commands from the player telling which soldier to hit which target, which weapon to use, etc.
There Came an Echo
is due sometime later this year.