Dead Rising 3: 7 Facts in 7 Days: Day 6
#6. SmartGlass will give you the ability to receive special missions and listen in on mission calls with your actual phone.
Like me, you probably cringe at the word SmartGlass. Every time a developer utters those words, I immediately want to turn away. In the case of Dead Rising 3 the SmartGlass feature is actually giving us some cool features. I’ll just go ahead and say the feature to call in airstrikes is annoying. This is the one SmartGlass feature in Dead Rising 3 that they always talk about and I cannot stand it. Why would I put down my controller to call in an airstrike? This is something I could easily do with my Xbox One controller. Stop showing us the airstrikes please. The one feature of the SmartGlass app that I find interesting, is the part where specific missions will come directly to your SmartGlass device or phone. This is a unique way of breaking that fourth wall and if done right, this could really immerse you in the game world. Just imagine playing Dead Rising 3 and suddenly your actual phone rings. You answer it and it’s Frank West! He is calling you with the location of some survivors somewhere in Los Perdidos. I don’t care what anyone says, that would be awesome! We will have to wait and see how it actually works, but we can keep our fingers crossed that it isn’t a waste of our time.
According to executive producer Josh Bridge, SmartGlass will come with a completely optional but exclusive side story and character.
“You’ll get calls from a character that are only on the SmartGlass device. So if you don’t have SmartGlass, you won’t get those calls from that guy. Which also means you won’t get those missions.”
The good thing is the SmartGlass feature is optional. You will still be able to finish the whole game without SmartGlass. If you don’t have a smart phone or tablet, the SmartGlass app does work on PC as well. Along with the side story, the SmartGlass content will come with an exclusive character as well. Capcom has not released details on who this character is yet. We will have to wait till the game releases on November 22nd to find out who it is.
Author: Ben Link (@Ben_Link)