Anyone out there remember Seaman? A creepy Dreamcast game featuring a fish with a man’s head (yes, you read that correctly), its main draw was being able to use the Dreamcast microphone to communicate with said beast in order to train him. This was pretty impressive technology for ten years ago and it seems strange that no other games have taken on the mantle, until now that is, as Sega seem to be reviving their old tech and pressing it into action in their forthcoming action RPG, Binary Domain.
Binary Domain is a combination shooting and role playing game being developed by the makers of the Yakuza series and takes place in a robot-inhabited Tokyo of 2080. It seems to have a Blade Runner or Snatcher vibe, where you never know who could be human and who is really an android.
The games producer, Toshihiro Nagoshi, told Gamespot that “There are interactive elements utilising the headset where you essentially more or less engage in conversation, like maybe there might be some back story that you can explore with the NPCs, that can essentially be done using the headset.” It is unknown at this time whether this feature will utilize the XBOX 360 headset or PS3 bluetooth set, bearing in mind not everyone owns these pieces of equipment, or even if it can function with Kinect, like the feature in Mass Effect 3. Here’s hoping we can see some genuine conversations with AI in the game, rather than just picking up on key phrases in the same way you might choose a conversation option from a menu screen, if so this could be genuinely intriguing when the game ships early next year.