Binary Domain is the newest offering from SEGA – a science fiction themed third person shooter set in Tokyo, Japan. The year is 2080 and the population shares everyday life with mechanical servants. All would appear utopian, except that the robots have been administered a healthy dose of “ego and emotion”, which is where the conflict begins.
Despite being tagged as an action game, the trailer hints at issues of moral ambiguity and the ethical dilemma of artificial intelligence, making for an intriguing mix of elements. Game designer Toshihiro Nagoshi has cited the game’s Artificial Intelligence – the feature, not the characters – as a strong focus in the development of the title.
Visuals have seen vast improvements since the announcement trailer and reveal an updated cast supporting the protagonist, with characters to tick every demographic box. Action isn’t limited to just running and gunning either – gameplay footage makes a show of the protagonist jet skiing as well as diving away from collapsing environments.
Binary Domain is planned for release in early 2012 on 360 and PS3. Thus far there have been no plans announced for PC.