Bot Colony, a project by North Side Inc., is currently fighting to reach its goal of $100,000 on Kickstarter. What is the difference between Bot Colony and other video games? It responds to your voice. The characters in-game understand what you say and reply intelligently.
“Bot Colony is an episodic 3D adventure game set on the tropical island of Agrihan: One of the Marianas islands, made famous as a key South Pacific stronghold during World War II. The story is set in 2021, and while the world is not in the grip of large-scale war, it face paradigm-shifting problems in over-population, poverty and dwindling resources.
“With global markets falling into disarray and even cheap labor becoming too expensive for governments and corporations, advanced robots have become the new multipurpose worker. The world’s leader in robotics, Japan’s Nakagawa Corp., has leased Agrihan and built a sprawling complex of urban and industrial buildings supported by a few leisure facilities– all of it largely populated and operated by advanced, learning robots.
“Humans intermix freely with robots on Agrihan, which doubles as a robotic test bed for a future settlement on Mars. Nakagawa’s robots are poised to play a major role in the colonization of Mars; as such, they must achieve a high degree of autonomy. With Agrihan mostly staffed by robots, people have given it the name ‘Bot Colony’.”
In the game, you play as a specialist in robot cognition and have been asked by the Nakagawa to look into the disappearance of three robot sensors. What’s interesting about this is the fact that the game will allow you to use your own name and create your own back-story.
Instead of entering an experience filled with gunfights and the usual video game action, Bot Colony introduces you a “unique conversational gameplay” which relies on characters understanding what you say. It will force players to think in a way that differentiates greatly from other types of gameplay. Because it relies on your voice, you will have to intelligently think of things to say and ask in order to uncover the rest of the story. For the first time ever, your character will actually carry your voice outside of a normal script.
“Bot Colony offers the player a credible experience of interaction with artificial intelligence… and does away with canned, pre-scripted responses and makes artificial intelligence real, allowing the player to experience the eerie feeling of interacting with intelligent AI characters through speech.”
Bot Colony has until October 30th to reach its $100,000, and with such a refreshing type of gameplay, I would love to see this title successfully reach players. Make sure you visit its Kickstarter for more info and make sure to vote for Bot Colony on Steam Greenlight.
By deterring from normal gameplay mechanics, Bot Colony could successfully raise the bar in dialogue-based titles. Discover the story, use your own voice, and become immersed in the awe-striking intelligence this game carries.