Prepare for a new experience. Eidos Interactive is to release the futuristic 3D action-adventure game The Nomad Soul on Dreamcast. Developed by Quantic Dream, The Nomad Soul will be available from May 1st 2000.
Graphically brilliant and strikingly stylistic, the game features one of the best real-time 3D engines available and for the very first time in a video game, facial motion capture in real-time. It also features music by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels and, for the first time ever in a video game, a virtual album. David also appears in the game, playing the roles of Boz the Virtual Being - the mysterious leader of a terrorist organisation, as well as a young singer of a band called the Dreamers. The game boasts the first virtual concert with David Bowie, Reeves Gabrels and Gail Ann Dorsey performing within the game.
Omikron is a mysterious city sheltering beneath a protective dome in an inhospitable universe. Beneath its foundations lie the ancient ruins of countless dynasties and empires. Its citizens live out their lives in near utopia, oblivious to the evil that lurks just below the surface of their hi-tech city.
The Nomad Soul is a journey into a parallel universe where nothing is as it seems. The player is completely free to move around within Omikron, both in the streets as well as inside the buildings. The player can talk to the people of the city, drive anti-gravity vehicles and fight in 3D (with bare hands, or with a laser gun).
The Nomad Soul introduces virtual reincarnation to the gaming world. In order to move around the city, the player must place his or her soul into the body of someone in Omikron. Whenever this body dies, the soul is transferred into the body of the first person who touches the dead body. From that point on, the player will have to talk, investigate, fight, drive, shoot, ride and explore his way to the conclusion of the game: deliverance from this strange dimension.
The Nomad Soul will immerse the player in a truly virtual world with an ingenious storyline, where you can interact with anyone and everything. The Nomad Soul features dazzling art direction, state-of-the-art 3D effects and an exciting blend of exploring, puzzle solving and combat action that will appeal to adventurers and action gamers alike.
- Complete freedom within a city in real-time 3D, with passers-by and vehicles
- More than 400 different sets in four huge cities
- Motion capture body and facial movements bring every citizen of Omikron to life.
- 150 different real time 3D motion captured characters
- More than 300 objects can be used
- Four hours of dialogue with more than 1200 responses
- 70 talking characters
- Experience 'virtual reincarnation', the ability to move directly into the body of the first person who touches you after you die.
Credit: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Quantic Dream
Release date: May 1st 2000
ELSPA rating: 15+