Gadget-bot is a Los Angeles based production company that has worked on concept design for some notable titles, like Westworld, Pacific Rim, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. A while back, the company decided to start working on their first VR game, called Kaidro: The Awakening.
We caught up with Gadget-bot at their E3 booth to find out more about the upcoming game. Gadget-bot is aiming to release Kaidro: The Awakening within the next couple of weeks for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. They also want to release the game on PlayStation VR towards the end of the year. Kaidro: The Awakening will be a chapter-based game.
Kaidro: The Awakening is a mech-based combat game with a strong narrative element. You take on the role of a 14-year-old orphan girl named Ava who gets drafted into a military academy that teaches soldiers how to pilot mechs. So the biggest focus of the game is actually on the story aspect says Robert Simons, co-owner and creative director at Gadget-bot. Throughout the Kaidro: The Awakening you’ll be talking to and interacting with NPC characters. “In this post-apocalyptic world, Union citizens defend themselves against a race of people called the Outlanders. Due to the massive numbers of Outlanders and their superhuman abilities, the Unions have developed 9-foot tall mechanical robots to help defend their cities,” the studio says on their website.
In the beginning of the Kaidro you get to construct your own mech in a room and when you’re done it gets sent out to the battlefield. After that, you go into a different room where you control your mech. You basically become your mech through the means of another VR headset in the game.
Check out the vlog for the game below:
A Futuristic Combat Game With A Deep Storyline
“I’m a huge fan of Golion and Gundam – all sorts of animes. So this story is kind of inspired off of all those ideas. So the idea is that it’s not just a mech combat game, but you also have all these interactions with other characters and getting to know who they are in this world. Kind of like a Mass Effect type game, something like that. I’ve always wanted this game and it doesn’t exist so that’s why I’m making it,” Simons said.
The story itself is focused around Ava seeking answers about her past and the world around her. So you are constantly asking the other characters about the world and where they came from. Because the soldiers in this world are orphans that the government drafted into the military. Interesting new concept. So as an orphan you want to find out who your parents were and how they died. However, the problem for the main character, Ava, is it doesn’t matter how much research she does, she can’t find any info on her parents. Or any lineage at all, so she doesn’t know where she came from. So a big part of the story involves finding out who Ava is.
A Mysterious Locomotion System
The game uses a new type of locomotion mechanic, which the studio developed in-house. They didn’t want to share too many details about it just yet. However, they did share that they created their own ‘narrowing screen system’ that puts blinders on you when moving around the game. He says it works kind of like the blinders on a horse, but “it’s very subtle and most people don’t notice it, but it’s there in the background.” It helps prevent motion sickness when walking in the environment.” There’s also a ‘head wobble’ system in place which tries to mimic the natural movement you make with your head when walking. So you’re not just gliding forward, like “a lot of people are doing in VR.” This also gives you a sense of weight. Simons assured us that there is more to it, but that he can’t fully comment on it right now.
The launch price for Kaidro: The Awakening is $19.99, but the studio says that the game is still in Alpha stage so they want to release the game to get some funding, but that they are planning a lot of updates to the game for the future. One update that they want to add soon is a mech garage where you can just spend as much time as you want to customize and optimize your mech.
We’ll keep you updated on Kaidro: The Awakening. Are you excited for this game’s release? Let us know!