In the first episode of the Daydream VR game Untethered, you hang out at a small town radio station and interact with callers using your actual voice.
It's a mystery game. As you take calls, run the radio show (featuring music from Future Folk and Jill Sobule), and interact with your producer, clues surface that help you to understand what's going on in this coastal Oregon community.
That's the first episode, at least. Subsequent releases will return to the same town at the same time, but you'll see it all from the perspective of a new character in a different place.
Voice commands are the noteworthy twist here. As a Daydream-exclusive game, Untethered only supports a small-but-growing handful of new, high-end smartphones. How exactly the game takes advantage — and how weird it is to talk out loud from inside a VR headset — remains to be seen, but it's a nifty idea.
Untethered is the second release from Numinous Games, the studio behind That Dragon, Cancer. Also released in 2016, the earlier game is a stylized autobiographical account of Numinous founders Amy and Ryan Green's five-year journey as their son was diagnosed with and ultimately succumbed to cancer.
When That Dragon, Cancer won in the Game for Impact category at The Game Awards 2016, Ryan Green talked during his acceptance speech about the stories that are written onto us versus the ones that we write for ourselves. It's exciting to see Numinous now getting to tackle the latter.