Heavy Rain dev confirms work on PS4 game has begun

Plus: no Move or 3D for Beyond, says Quantic Dream boss.

Quantic Dream boss Guillaume de Fondaumière has revealed the studio is already working on its first PlayStation 4 title - even though its next PS3 game, Beyond: Two Souls, isn't out till October.

Fondaumière said the PS4 offering will be a story- and character-driven game in the Quantic Dream style. However, he added, "Innovation is part of our DNA. We've never duplicated ourselves. We never clone ourselves or other people's projects; we always try to create unique experiences.

"For us, a new console is another reason to try and innovate. What is certain is that whatever we're working on on PS4 is not going to resemble what we're doing on PS3... We're going to try and reinvent ourselves."

When asked how working with the PS4 architecture compares with developing for PS3, Fondaumière said, "Incomparable. Very easy."

He continued, "We'll be able to express ourselves in a more straightforward way. So it's perfect, it's excellent."

Fondaumière's comments came during an event at the studio's Paris headquarters, where more of Beyond was revealed. The supernatural thriller stars Ellen Page as Jodie Holmes, a girl who has a psychic link with a mysterious entity.

On the question of whether Beyond will be a cross-platform title, Fondaumière said: "It's for PlayStation 3." Only PlayStation 3? "So far, yes."

He also stated that there are no plans to make the game playable with the Move motion controller. "At one point with Heavy Rain, we felt that Move would be interesting, and therefore we implemented it," he explained. "It's not the case, at least not for now, on Beyond... We don't think Move is necessary. We can do everything we need to be doing with the Dualshock controller.

"The same applies to 3D," Fondaumière continued. "First of all, very few people have a 3D TV. Second, we are really pushing the PS3 to its last resorts. We are at the frontier. It would be impossible to keep the same quality and have it rendered in 3D - we would need to downgrade the quality of the game. This is something we could do very easily, from a technical standpoint, but it doesn't make sense."

Beyond is due to launch in the US on 8th October and is down for a European release in the same month. Expect a full preview soon.

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