Beyond: Two Souls News

Heavy Rain studio Quantic Dream no longer making PlayStation exclusives

Heavy Rain studio Quantic Dream no longer making PlayStation exclusives

NetEase funding secured for multiplatform future.

Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human studio Quantic Dream will no longer develop games exclusively for PlayStation platforms.

It follows a series of controversies for the studio, most notably the allegations of an unhealthy studio culture reported a year ago by a team of French journalists from Le Monde, Canard PC and Mediapart.

For its part, Quantic Dream labelled the extensive reports as a "smear" - and then quietly began suing the journalists who published the story.

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UPDATE 15TH JANUARY: This article previously translated a passage of a French report to say Guillaume de Fondaumière was accused of "pushing kisses" on staff at parties, but the translation is incorrect, as de Fondaumière himself later pointed out to me. After further consultation we have a more accurate translation. The accusation revolves around the common French greeting of air-kissing when two people meet. Guillaume de Fondaumière is accused of making more contact with his kisses than is considered appropriate.

Quantic Dream addresses Beyond PS4 skin tone changes

David Cage speaks, plus exclusive assets from the game's files.

Yesterday, Eurogamer published images comparing the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Beyond: Two Souls, pointing out that the skin tone for the game's background Saudi characters appeared lighter in the newer version.

Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain are heading to PS4

Quantic Dreams' narrative duo coming later this year.

Sony has finally confirmed that both Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are coming to PlayStation 4, though it's still being miserly with the details. They're both confirmed for this year, and will be available individually digitally as well as a bundle that's both physical and digital, but there's little information beyond that.

Watch the Beyond: Two Souls premiere livestream tonight

David Cage, Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe all in attendance.

It's less than a week until the launch of Quantic Dream's decade-spanning spook-em-up adventure, Beyond: Two Souls, and the developer will be giving the game a movie-style red carpet premiere tonight at the Grand Rex theatre in Paris.

Sony confirms Beyond censored in Europe

Sony confirms Beyond censored in Europe

To secure PEGI 16 age rating.

PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls is censored in Europe, Sony has confirmed.

Two changes were made to the game for the European version, amounting to about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that's been "edited slightly" to be "in-line" with a PEGI 16 rating, Sony's Ross Alexander wrote on the EU PlayStation Blog.

Alexander explained the decision: "For Beyond we wanted to make the game available to as many people as possible, hence applying for a PEGI 16 rating," he said.

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Beyond: Two Souls PS3 demo release date

Beyond: Two Souls PS3 demo release date

UPDATE: Pre-order at GAME to get a week's early access.

UPDATE: Pre-order your copy of Beyond: Two Souls at GAME and you'll get a week's early access to the game's demo.

GAME customers will get the demo on 25th September, rather than 2nd October, the retailer wrote on Twitter. Nice!

ORIGINAL STORY: PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls will be available to sample in demo form on 2nd October in Europe.

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Emotions, meaning and an AI Kubrick: David Cage's vision of the future

Quantic Dream's head on his quest for cinematic games.

David Cage used his GDC Europe session earlier today to assess and explain Quantic Dream's approach to cinematic games, and to look towards a future where photorealism becomes closer and where algorithms could replicate the directing styles of auteurs such as Stanley Kubrick and Orson Welles.

Beyond: Two Souls UK release date confirmed

Beyond: Two Souls comes out in the UK on Friday, 11th October 2013, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed to Eurogamer.

VideoGamer.com spotted the release date in a telly advert for PlayStation 3's upcoming releases. Beyond, from David Cage's studio Quantic Dream, comes out in the US a few days earlier on 8th October.

Sony is keen to highlight the PS3's impressive 2013 line-up of exclusives amid the attention-grabbing PlayStation 4 launch. In addition to Beyond there's Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 6 and Sony Japan curios Rain and The Puppeteer to look forward to.

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Beyond: Two Souls special edition includes a 30-minute exclusive scene

Beyond: Two Souls special edition includes a 30-minute exclusive scene

Extra playable content available to those who pre-order.

Pre-order the Beyond: Two Souls special edition and you'll get an extra 30 minutes of playable story, publisher Sony has announced.

The special edition is only available to those who pre-order, and comes with a number of other extras.

The disc will also unlock behind the scenes videos, the game's soundtrack, plus a PlayStation 3 theme and avatars.

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Heavy Rain dev confirms work on PS4 game has begun

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."

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Beyond: Two Souls set for October

Announces co-star Willem Dafoe.

Quantic Dream's upcoming supernatural drama Beyond: Two Souls is set for an 8th October release in North America and simply listed as October for Europe, according to the PlayStation Blog.

Heavy Rain, Beyond chief David Cage declares:

Heavy Rain, Beyond chief David Cage declares: "sequels kill creativity and innovation"

"Gamers invest money in publishers having no interest in innovation."

Sequels are bad according to David Cage, creator of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls and other games that aren't sequels.

"Sequels kill creativity and innovation," he declared. "Many people want the same and if that's what you offer them, they will gladly buy it."

The outspoken Quantic Dream design chief told OPM that we're inundated with sequels because that's what we buy.

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EA defends sequelitis, bemoans lack of "reward" for launching new IP

EA defends sequelitis, bemoans lack of "reward" for launching new IP

Working on three to five new IPs for next gen.

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts has excused its current sequel-laden line-up by saying there's a lack of "reward" for launching new game IPs this late in the console generation.

EA Labels president Frank Gibeau admitted that the drought of actual new games would continue until new hardware arrived.

"If you look at the market dynamics: as much as there's a desire for new IP, the market doesn't reward new IP this late in the cycle; they end up doing okay, but not really breaking through," Gibeau explained to GamesIndustry.biz.

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Seven-minute Beyond: Two Souls gameplay video

An enterprising AllGamesBeta journalist filmed a Beyond: Two Souls presentation at Gamescom. The result is seven minutes of gameplay footage (posted below) from Quantic Dream's exclusive new PlayStation 3 game, and the bonus tones of the game's French project lead, David Cage, speaking over the top.

Note, this gameplay has been seen before, by us, behind closed doors at E3. Ultimately, our Oli Welsh chose a different section of Beyond to write about at E3 - the part where heroine Jodie Holmes sits in a chair in a sheriff's office, all suspense and intrigue. Nonetheless, this newly filmed footage hasn't ever been shared with the public.

It shows Jodie Holmes escaping a lot of police. She falls off her motorbike, she's hurt, she's surrounded. But the police and special forces keep their distance - they know what she's capable of.

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David Cage: "I'm not a frustrated movie director"

Beyond has taken 12 months to shoot, has 2000 page script.

David Cage has insisted that he's "not a frustrated movie director" as he outlined the work that's gone into capturing performances for his forthcoming PlayStation 3 action game Beyond: Two Souls.

2K Games boss says photorealism aids diversity, Notch disagrees

Can games do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain yet?

2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has gone and said something controversial. He's declared that only when games approach photorealistic graphics will they be able to broaden their genre-horizon and properly do nuanced emotion like Brokeback Mountain - rather than the Mission Impossible experiences we get today.

Sony: why we're launching new IP this late in the console cycle

Sony: why we're launching new IP this late in the console cycle

"It is part of the role of a platform holder," insists Andrew House.

Sony was one of the few major publishers to launch brand new core IP at this year's E3 show, debuting Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls and showing more of Naughty Dog's The Last of Us.

Why, when perceived wisdom dictates that new IP has the best chance of success at the beginning of a console's life span, was it spending big on two risky new brands this late in the current hardware generation?

According to incoming PlayStation CEO Andrew House, Sony believes it's the duty of the platform holder to continue to offer new experiences and attempt to bring in new players.

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Changes to The Last of Us' Ellie and announcement of Ellen Page in Beyond are "complete coincidence"

Changes to The Last of Us' Ellie and announcement of Ellen Page in Beyond are "complete coincidence"

Naughty Dog "didn't realise" she resembled the famous actor, says game director.

Naughty Dog has said that it's a "complete coincidence" that the studio changed the appearance of Ellie in The Last of Us after she was said to resemble Ellen Page - and before the actress was confirmed as the star of Beyond: Two Souls this week.

Both games are published by Sony - The Last of Us by Sony Computer Entertainment America, and Beyond by the European branch. Both are due to be released for PS3 next year.

"We didn't event know what was going on with that," The Last of Us' game director, Bruce Straley, told Eurogamer at E3. "We don't know what's going on with other games."

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Quantic Dream's Beyond confirmed, Ellen Page onboard

Quantic Dream's Beyond confirmed, Ellen Page onboard

UPDATE: PlayStation Move compatible, single-player only.

UPDATE: Beyond: Two Souls will offer PlayStation Move compatibility, similar to Quantic Dream's predecessor Heavy Rain.

Beyond will be a single-player offline experience, a new press release has confirmed. The game is aiming for a PEGI 16 rating. It's genre is listed as "interactive drama" and will launch in "Q4" of the financial year (January to March 2013).

The veil has been lifted on David Cage and Quantic Dream's next game - and it looks like a return to the supernatural on a spectacular scale, with Hollywood star Ellen Page confirmed to be onboard for PlayStation 3 exclusive Beyond.

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