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There Came An Echo Shows Voice Command Gameplay
Independent developer Iridium Studios released a gameplay trailer for There Came an Echo, a strategy game due for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC in early 2015. In the trailer, the company shows off some real time gameplay from its War Mode in the game.
War Mode will be a section separate from the campaign, where players can test out the team dynamics against wave of enemies. You’ll be able to see the effects of different weapons, tactics and so on.
An important design aspect of There Came an Echo is that the game can be fully operated through voice commands that seem quite elaborate. For instance, the demo starts off with saying: “Show some common sense, guys,” which apparently gets registered as such.
During waves of enemies, it’s possible to let the squad move to different positions behind a cover mechanism. Other commands include separating some squad members, giving out orders in a range of different segments.
For instance, the clip tells all but one member to act, while the last one is targeted independently. This seems to be responsive with an immediate reaction.
At the end, the voice tells the team to move on their mark. It then remembers the command until the order is given several seconds later.
Developing with voice commands is always tricky. Games like Tom Clancy’s Endwar have tried to do so in the past.
There Came an Echo is made by the team behind Sequence, a neat blend of rhythm gameplay and roleplaying game (RPG). Preorders for There Came an Echo are available now on their site for $15 or a special edition for $20, which comes with a soundtrack.