I really, really like what has been shown of Iridium Studios’ There Came an Echo, and it has remained in the back of my mind ever since seeing the game in action and getting to chat with the developers at their PAX East booth. Let’s be honest: voice commands are about on par with motion controls in terms of “fun” and “successful” and “not horrible,” so you can be forgiven for approaching a game touting voice controls in a tactical RTS with some hesitation.
Iridium Studios made the right call, then, in being perfectly open about this potentiality by simply offering PAX East attendees a shot at toying with the controls themselves. The responsiveness is impressive, though what really won me over was the ability to freely customize the commands themselves. And I do mean freely - I was allowed to customize to the point of renaming a character after Troy Baker. I can only imagine how the internet will completely abuse this privilege.
Well, good news time: Iridium Studios has announced the game’s official release date - February 24th - and released the above trailer to boot, narrated by Wil Wheaton, the game’s lead actor. (The rest of the cast is pretty slick as well: Ashly Burch, Yuri Lowenthal, Laura Bailey, Cassandra Lee Morris, Cindy Robinson, and Rachel Robinson.)
There Came an Echo will be released for PC and distributed on Steam.