Alone With You is an upcoming indie title that puts some heavy emphasis on romance in a science fiction setting. It's a pretty interesting concept especially since the game has you play as someone who is stranded on some kind of space colony. Well, maybe the game's creator, Benjamin Rivers, can explain it better than me:
"You play the sole remaining member of a doomed terraforming colony. Your planet will crumble and implode in less than a month, and you must use your remaining time to try to escape. The catch? There is only one escape pod left, and it isn’t functioning. Even worse, the only people who specialized in its systems are all dead from the colony’s mysterious failure. But the colony’s AI is still with you, and together you plan to get yourselves off the planet—by recreating those key colony members and learning how to fix the ship, so you can both flee to safety."
After reading that, I'm pretty sure we can all assume that the romance that the player can participate in includes an AI or a computer. It's an interesting twist on a trend that's existed in gaming since the release of games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age (both of which allow you to romance characters).
Instead of making the romance part of the game an aside like the aforementioned titles do, it puts it at the forefront. And this shows in the game's tagline, which is: A Sci-Fi Romance Adventure.
After watching the trailer though, it doesn't seem like the romance aspect is being too heavily marketed or maybe I haven't watched the trailer (above) with a close enough eye just yet. The graphics and the design of the game definitely scream "point-and-click adventure game" which is a breath of fresh air in comparison to hyper-realistic Triple-A titles.
I really wonder what the main game is going to be like, though. I know that Rivers has some experience in creating an isolating and lonely environment with his previous game Home. So I'm not too worried about that side of things. I really just wonder how the romance will play out as the game goes along.
One of the first questions I ask my friends whenever I find out we've been playing the same game (that has romance options of course) is who they're currently video-game relationship-ing (that's not a real word, sorry). And I guess that question isn't one that only exists within my circle of friends.
It's like Rivers took this question and made a whole game about it instead of working it in after having a game about something else already made. I'm very interested in seeing how this game turns out when it comes out.
Alone With You is an indie title exclusive to Sony, so the game will be coming out sometime next year for PS4 and Vita.