Unsatisfied with just one game under their belts (Sequence, which is awesome), the people at Iridium Studios have decided to make another game. In “There Came an Echo” you use your voice to enter commands as you sneak around with a small squad, using military-like maneuvers to advance (although most of the people have no prior military experience). It’s not quite your average military tactics game. Every step forward is a step towards survival and discovering the truth of the universe.
To elaborate on the plot from the kickstarter page:
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.
Commands can be customized if you don’t want to be formal and other types of controls will be added if you don’t want to solely use your voice. As for the limits to your voice, “you can try and beatbox your way to victory”. It’s that lax.
The kickstarter page has more info on everything like the gameplay, reward tiers, and a list of FAQs (no, they haven’t given up on Ky and Nia).
This is cool and all, but they don’t have enough funds for the art department. They have already invested in everything else they need like actors, programmers, and a sound team. This is the last area they need to cover. At the moment they need a little over $21,000 to reach their main goal of $90,000. For stretch goals, if they get $115,000 the soundtrack will be expanded upon, $140,000 will get Linux/Mac support, and $175,000 will get Oculus Rift support.
The kickstarter ends in 12 days on Thursday Mar 21, 2:00pm EDT.
If you want to support Iridium Studios, or if you just want to see more of what the game is like, check it out here.