One of the first things developer Outpost Games told us at a preview event for their upcoming battle royale shooter SOS was that your microphone was one of the most important tools in the game. I immediately got nervous.
Generally in online games, I’ll quickly mute the mics of opposing players to stem the tide of obscenities being hurled my way, but SOS has decided to embrace the microphone. The 16-player FPS casts every participant as a member of a fictional reality TV show similar to a high-stakes Survivor. You win matches by searching an island, finding one of three relics, then escaping with it on a helicopter – but that’s only half the game.