The producer of Sega's Yakuza series hopes to appeal to a worldwide audience with sci-fi shooter Binary Domain.
Continuing the trend of Japanese developers attempting to appeal to audiences both on their shores and overseas, extremely tan Yakuza producer Toshihiro Nagoshi has announced a new upcoming shooter called Binary Domain. The game will mix the styles of both East and West to ideally create something that the entire world can enjoy.
Binary Domain takes place in 2080's Tokyo during a raging conflict between humans and robots. While the basic concept might sound trite by now, Nagoshi hopes to incorporate a "deep human drama" the revolves around the concept of "life" and what it really is. In Binary Domain, robots have "permeated" human society and drive the world's industries. It hasn't been revealed yet why they turn on humans, or vice-versa.
Though we haven't seen any gameplay either, players will surely be forced to use lots of cover while facing legions of robot enemies. All that's been mentioned about Binary Domain's gameplay so far is its enemy AI, which Nagoshi and his team expects to be at the "top level of what can be done on current hardware." Sega says that the concept of "life" is also tied into this AI, which will "make the battlefield a more compelling experience than ever before and players will have to plan their moves strategically and carefully in order to progress through the hostile environments of the game." Binary Domain will also have an online component that Nagoshi says will "make you better feel a connection with other players" than other online titles. We'll see.
Binary Domain's first trailer replicates an overused concept at first, showing off a stereotypical human squad kicking robot butt and face (though that boss is awesome), but things change when the camera pans up to the robot society living above the ruined lower level of Tokyo. The creepy robot woman wearing only half of a human body holding what may or may not be a robot baby makes me think that Nagoshi could be putting together something interesting for Binary Domain's story. With more unsettling robotic scenes, Binary Domain could be worth taking a look at when it comes to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sometime in 2011, but it also might be a good idea to tone down what feels to me like a somewhat overdone appeal to "western tastes."