One of the biggest pleasures I've had during the current generation of console games is playing through Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain. While there were some questionable gameplay moments, the later inclusion of Playstation Move controls, and the superb narrative made it one of the most engrossing, and enjoyable, video game experiences. Beyond: Two Souls follows a young woman through 15 years of her life and asks the question, what happens after death.
In Beyond: Two Souls you live the life of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her psychic link to an invisible entity. Experience the most striking moments of Jodie’s life as your actions and decisions determine her fate. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges against a backdrop of emotionally-charged events never before seen in a video game.
Jodie Holmes stands above a SWAT team member.
Admittedly we don't know anywhere near as much about this game as we want to with Sony and Quantic Dream keeping gameplay close to their chest at this stage although it wouldn't be a stretch to imagine that the game would have a few similarities to Quantic Dream's previous games including Fahrenheit on PS2 and Heavy Rain on PS3. That is, a third person action adventure game where the main character moves through a series of events and interacts with the world via a series of QTE's. It has been confirmed that the game will make use of the Playstation Move controller - much like Heavy Rain did after it was patched. I must caution though, I'm heavily guessing at how this game will play as much remains under wraps.
Beyond: Two Souls is due out in 2013 on PS3.
Using Quantic Dream's own proprietory engine, and this is a new engine then that used in Heavy Rain this is an impressive looking game with stunning looking animation. As you may have seen from the surrounding screenshots the main character in the game, Jodie, has more then a passing resemblance to Hollywood superstar Ellen Page, and that's not a coincidence as Ellen has provided motion capture, her likeness and her voice for the game. Apparently Ellen has spent weeks with David Cage capturing her performance and dialogue which comes from the reported 2,000 page script. Other actors seen in the game so far include Kadeem Hardison (Different World) and Eric Winter (The Ugly Truth).
Visually character models are superb.
Besides the stunning visuals we expect the audio to be top notch as well. With thousands of pages of dialogue recorded, and we expect an equally impressive musical score this should be a fantastic game sonically as well.
Beyond: Two Souls is currently slated for release on October 11 2013 and we can't wait to see David Cage's latest title. If you haven't played Heavy Rain we suggest you start with that phenomenal title, this game will likely be in a similar vein in terms of presentation and depth of story.
Check out the 5 minute trailer for this game first shown at E3 2012. It's impressive...