Remember Citadel? The New Tacoma Trailer Does

Tacoma [official site] – AKA wot the Gone Home studio are doing right now – isn’t necessarily channeling System Shock or 2001, but a short new trailer revealed during the Microsoft E3 conference suggests there’s something a little bit off about the AI on board the titular station. Steve Gaynor presented live onstage at the conference and spoke about how Gone Home had explored the familiar and Fullbright were now trying to show life in an unfamiliar place. His words seemed appropriate to his own situation as he stood in the echo chamber of whooping and hollering*. META.

Rather than Gone Home in space, I’d like Tacoma to be Alien: Isolation without the alien. Give me a place that feels authentic, real enough to touch, but plant troubling thoughts and suggestions in every corner. Not a full-on horror game but a game that makes me feel vulnerable, confused and unnerved.

After seeing the funky hand jiving, I’m also hoping for a character whose interactions with the environments are as tactile as young Ripley’s. It’s out next year and to learn more, you should turn to Alec’s interview with Fullbright.

* in all seriousness, I love that indie devs were invited to speak at Microsoft’s showcase event but I don’t envy them having to be coached for the Big Sell


  1. iucounu says:

    I’m so old that this is the Citadel I remember: link to

    • Jason Moyer says:

      I’m so old this is the citadel I remember. link to

      • KingFunk says:

        Yes! Holy f*ck. I played that game on my BBC Micro for so long when I was a wee child and barely got anywhere. I salute you for raking up my memories. Citadel. Cit-a-del…

        • KingFunk says:

          Oops. Meant ro reply to iucouno!

          • KingFunk says:

            Goddamn. I’m drunk on the toilet in Paris and cannot comment correctly for love nor money

        • iucounu says:

          I saw my brother the other day and he mentioned the Pot With The ‘P’, which we spent hours and hours trying to work out how to use.

    • binkbenc says:

      Me, too. I read the title of the article and all I could hear was that voice in my head…Superior Software presents – CITADEL (and then the funky music). Was very disappointed to find it wasn’t the Citadel I remembered.

      • edna says:

        Ya, me too. Nice to see that the first comment was the one I would have made. Mind you, that youtube link was to the tape version, but I’m so posh that I had it on a 5.25″ floppy.

    • Josh W says:

      Interesting, I’m getting a strong vvvvvv vibe from that game, probably from the titles at the top, some of jumping dynamics, and also the way that it shows you levels on the way to others.

  2. DelrueOfDetroit says:

    Is that legit sign language or just random hand movements?

    • Shookster says:

      It’s very fast, and I haven’t used it since I learned that ASL alphabet 15 years ago, but it looks to me like it’s actual sign language. It seems like she’s signing the letters of her login password.

      Or, “hand jiving,” as Adam put it. Either/or.

  3. SuicideKing says:

    Traverse the white light, Amy Ferrier.

  4. airknots says:

    I want a Tachikoma game.

  5. Gordon Shock says:

    I see what you did there Adam…nice SS2 reference!

  6. racccoon says:

    not much too it :(