There Came an Echo: Absurd Voice Cast, Story Details

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There Came an Echo: Absurd Voice Cast, Story Details

There Came an Echo

So, we’re indie developers. By and large, indie folk don’t really do “story” the same way larger developers do… it’s usually more minimalistic, and for lack of a better word, “artsy”. Which is cool! There’s space in the gaming sphere for everything, even whatever Suda 51’s up to these days.

Still, we don’t think “indie” and “complex narrative with well-developed characters and realistic dialogue” are mutually exclusive. The voice command gameplay of There Came an Echo and its script were developed in conjunction with one another — the story is an integral part of the experience, not something tacked on after the fact. The four members of your squadron aren’t mindless military drones, but real people with imperfections, desires, and fears. And snark. They’re pretty snarky.

And voice acting. If you’ve got voice acting, it better be good, or it’s going to completely ruin the experience. Luckily, we’re located in Hollywood, and we happen to know some people who are very good at saying things we tell them to say into a microphone. Corrin and Val, our two leads, are played by Wil Wheaton (yes, that Wil Wheaton) and Ashly Burch. Alongside them are some of gaming’s finest working voice actors: Laura Bailey, Yuri Lowenthal, Cassandra Lee Morris, Rachel Robinson, and Cindy Robinson. It might be the best voice cast in indie games, period… but we’ll let you decide. There’s a trailer up there; you’ve probably watched it.

(Seriously, though, watch it.)

There Came an Echo

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Corrin Webb is a cryptographer at a defense company in Santa Monica, California, when the mysterious Val alerts him to some very scary-looking men heading up to his office. In a scene that we admit is totally the opening of The Matrix (except you’re acting as Morpheus, giving voice commands to Corrin and leading him safely from the building), Corrin escapes and begins a very reluctant mission to figure out who’s after him, and why. He eventually meets up with the recalcitrant Miranda, and wildly bloodthirsty Grace, and a man named Syll, whose past is very clearly wrapped up in the proceedings. The plot heads to some very hard science fiction and insane plot swerves, so we hope you like twisty! You can skip a lot of the cutscenes, but we have no idea why you would.

You’ve got comments, we’ve got mildly sarcastic responses. Let us know what you think!

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  • This looks pretty awesome !

  • Trailer looked great. Looking forward to this one. Awesome voice cast as well.

  • I know you guys like the publicity on Sacred Citadel,
    but why exactly has it not been reduced yet?

    If its not going on sale, a reply would be nice.

    Got to look more on this game, but I didn’t think I would like Rainbow Moon.

  • And the only way I seen PS4 was looking at the trailer description.

  • Oh looks cool,looking for Vita version.first day insta buy,

  • The look has a bit of a Transistor vibe, and that’s a good thing; I’ll be sure to check it out.

  • Or in the tiny print, but no idea with editting these days.

  • “Wil Wheaton (yes, that Wil Wheaton)” > that’s not a good thing.

    Someone so insulting to gamers is not someone I can support. I was looking forward to checking this game out too, but I refuse to support him.

  • I wish you guys the best though.

  • Is this that voice conyrolled game? I hope there are other control options or you’re doomed.

  • When is the game coming?

  • Just for the record: voice commands are *NOT* the only way to play this game. Even though we consider them the primary control method, a standard controller will work just fine! Or, of course, you could use a little bit of both. = D

  • Jason, what kind of game genre does your game fall under?

    SRPG? RTS? Adventure game?

    Id like more details please. Looks interesting none the less.

  • Definitely an RTS, Ricen! For more details, you can check out the previous Playstation Blog post: https://blog.playstation.com/2014/04/10/there-came-an-echo-voice-controlled-strategy-on-ps4/

  • Interesting to hear about the decision regarding Wil Wheaton, i mean, if we were going to boycott every actor with an opinion on the internet, it’d be really hard to get any kind of quality content out there :(

    I’m really looking forward to this game and I appreciate that a lot of thought and funding went towards talented individuals who will make the game really shine. I think the voice acting is one of the most powerful elements TCAE has to offer!!

    I hope you can at least try to give it a shot, think of yourself as supporting the 15+ other indie developers and freelance actors involved, as opposed to just one guy :)

  • I went from reading an article on Lifehacker called Humility May Make You More Attractive to People to this: “It might be the best voice cast in indie games, period… but we’ll let you decide. There’s a trailer up there; you’ve probably watched it.”

    Yeah, I’m thinking Lifehacker was right.

    I watched the trailer. The voice acting is OK.

  • Is Karen Strassman still in the game? I remember being excited for her when the game was first announced, but it looks like she’s absent now. Any word?

  • Unfortunately, only a couple weeks before recording, Karen informed us that she had a serious conflict and couldn’t attend the voiceover sessions. Normally, this wouldn’t be that a big deal, but we recorded ensemble sessions…all actors in the booth at the same time. Since we had already locked in the schedule for the rest of the cast (quite the difficult feat, I assure you), we had to make the difficult decision to recast her. = (

    She’s still one of our favorite actresses, and we really hope to work with her on future projects!

  • the screenshots look good but it would be helpful when posting about your game to mention what platform its available on

  • Hey Jason,

    I’m really looking forward to playing this awesome game!!!

    I wanted to ask if you guys would consider on making “Dynamic Themes” and “Avatar Pictures” for the PS4. Your game would look cool displayed on everyone’s PS4.

    Cheers!!!

    Rob aka Graf

    P.S. Please keep posting info on the PS Blog as your game gets closer to launch, thanks.

  • @Jason,

    That’s a real bummer, but I can appreciate the disclosure. Better luck next time and I look forward to hearing more about your game as it gets closer to release.

  • We’ll look into it, Graf!

  • @8 + Elvick_

    what the hell are you on about?

  • so this looks like something i may want…..

    it reminds me A LOT of an old PS2 game called “Lifeline”. good to see this will have backup control options, in case voice recognition doesn’t wanna cooperate…that was one of the most frustrating things about Lifeline…it didn’t happen often, but when voice recognition wasn’t behaving, it would really screw up the game….

    and seriously, why’s everybody hating on Wil Wheaton? did he like BBQ someone’s cat, or something?

  • Game looks nice. Any chance of Vita? Otherwise I would have to wait a while, till I get a PS4.

    @8 Elvick_
    What did Wheaton say about gamers? IIRC he himself is a gamer, he has mentioned that in quite a few places.

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