Brought to us by Fullbright (Gone Home), we're now given Tacoma, a first-person exploration, adventure game that takes place inside of a space station between earth and the moon. Already being a huge fan of Gone Home, when Fullbright announced their new game, Tacoma, with a teaser trailer back in December, I didn't even need to see it before getting excited about it! And then, just a couple of days ago during Microsoft's E3 conference, we were shown a brand new trailer for the game!
Missed Tacoma's new trailer? Watch it here!
In the trailer, we can tell that we're playing as a female protagonist by the name of Amy Ferrier, who is all alone in Lunar Transfer Station Tacoma. When the protagonist asks Odin, the Artificial Intelligence, where the crew is, Odin responds saying that the information is classified. However, we're still able to see the ghost-like digital recordings of the crew; where they were, and what they were doing before they left, which will presumably help us piece together the mystery of what happened.
In some ways, it feels similar to Gone Home. We're all alone in this new location, and we're left with having to figure out what happened to people and where they've gone. But what helps set it apart is that Tacoma is set in a near future, high tech setting, and because of this, there are some interesting new mechanics that will be introduced. For instance, just by jumping, we can propel ourselves to various locations that we would not have been able to access in normal circumstances, all thanks to the zero gravity.
And although I doubt this next bit will have anything to do with how the game plays, I must point out how awesome it is that Amy inputs her password by using sign language. Do you ever have those moments where you just go "This makes so much sense... why didn't I think of this before?" That was my reaction when I saw this happen in the new trailer.
If you loved Gone Home, there's no doubt in my mind that you will love Tacoma. If games with a heavy focus on storytelling and exploration is up your alley, you're going to fall in love with this one... trust me.
Tacoma will be released sometime in 2016 for PC, Mac, Linux, and Xbox One. Further details are currently unknown, but you can keep up with anything Tacoma by following their Twitter, or receiving email updates via their website.