Numinous Games' That Dragon, Cancer managed to walk away with some much-deserved recognition and an award at this past year's The Game Awards. Well, the emotional indie title is being succeeded by far more lighthearted affair from Numinous.
The trailer sees the player character examining some of the things on the desk, such as the empty coffee mug, trinkets and music albums. The player takes on the task of being a disc jockey, and the narrator explains that it may not be all roses and candy canes.
The Untethered trailer then introduces its most shocking element yet... a script.
The player is told by the producer that there is dead air and they need to fill it with something. The narrator instructs the player to read off the orange page. And then we realize that players will have to talk into the mic.
This creates an all new dynamic for the game because now instead of simply fiddling around with objects on the desk, players are encouraged to actually speak up and interact with the in-game producer. Whether or not this means that there will be full back-and-forth dialogue exchanges remains to be seen, but it appears as if Numinous Games is trying to take the VR genre to the next level.
Many games out there don't really do much with VR other than let people look around, but if the back and forth talking is legitimate, then that could be really, really cool.
The game is currently available on the Google Play store for $4.99. It's the first part of a multi-part, episodic adventure delving into the mysteries of a small coastal town where you'll work as the resident DJ.
They explain on the app store page that players will use their own voice to talk to characters to progress the story, and pick up and interact with things like a standard point-and-click adventure game. The object is to unravel what's really going on in the town.
Untethered is one of the few new apps to make use of the Google Daydream View, the company's latest foray into the virtual technology space for mobile devices.
I don't know if Untethered will be the breakthrough game that finally gets casuals interested in VR, but it has some very interesting concepts it's working with beyond the typical flash-in-the-pan physics-based properties that many other VR titles on the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR rely on.
This is definitely a departure from the more somber That Dragon, Cancer that Numinous Games put out earlier this year, so we'll see how well the new game fares on the market.