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Detroit demo out today

Oh, and Quantic Dream is suing French media.

A couple of contrasting bits of news coming out of the whirlwind that is Detroit: Become Human: a demo is out now and developer Quantic Dream is suing a couple of French publications.

Upcoming PS4 exclusives God of War, Detroit and Spider-Man currently unavailable to pre-order from Amazon

UPDATE 20/4/18: God of War launches today and is now available to buy from Amazon, despite the retailer closing pre-orders for the game earlier this week.

Other upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit and Spider-Man remain unavailable to pre-order, with no explanation given.

Whatever the beef is with PlayStation and Amazon, it appears to relate to the pre-ordering of games only. Happily, we haven't heard any reports that pre-orders sent in before Amazon shut them down were not received as expected.

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PlayStation 4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human has a release date

PlayStation 4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human launches on 25th May, Sony has announced.

Detroit is the latest narrative adventure from Quantic Dream, the studio behind Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. This time, the story concerns the evolution of AI robots and their integration into society (so, like the TV series Humans, and the film Ex Machina).

The project has had a rocky road to release. Late last year Detroit and its makers came under fire for an eye-opening scene which depicted domestic abuse. Then, last month, Quantic Dream was rocked by allegations of an unhealthy studio culture and workplace harassment, something studio boss David Cage has since labelled as a smear".

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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.

David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence

"Would you ask this question to a film director, or to a writer? Would you?"

David Cage is no stranger to controversy. Through the 20 years of Quantic Dream's existence - an anniversary celebrated after last night's PlayStation showcase that kicked off Paris Games Week - the French studio has always made games that push at various boundaries. The trailer for Detroit: Become Human, Quantic Dream's forthcoming PlayStation 4 game that explores the moral implications of the rise of artificial intelligence, was perhaps the developer's most controversial yet - a short, often brutal look at a chapter of protagonist Kara's story in which scenes of domestic abuse and child abuse feature heavily.

Detroit's latest trailer features Kara and domestic abuse

Sony released a new trailer for Detroit: Become Human, the next game from David Cage's studio Quantic Dream - and it makes for uncomfortable viewing.

In the video we see android housekeeper Kara thrust into an uncomfortable domestic abuse situation. She's charged with taking care of a young girl who is attacked by her belt-wielding single father.

The video tries to get the point across that you're able to change the course of events at multiple points in the scene. The video shows that one of the potential moments is the young girl shoots her father as he chases Kara.

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The big interview: Sony's Jim Ryan

On the competition, cross-platform play, exclusives and more.

It's hard to argue with Sony's first half of 2017. The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed a number of exciting console exclusives, including Horizon: Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, Persona 5 and Nioh. But after watching Sony's E3 2017 media briefing this week, I couldn't help but feel the next six months look decidedly pedestrian in comparison.

Detroit: Become Human teases new playable character in E3 trailer

Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls) has revealed all new footage of its upcoming PS4 sci-fi thriller Detroit: Become Human.

Unlike the last Detroit reveal, which featured a young robotic woman, this presentation focuses on a young man named Connor - who is also an android.

Connor is being used by the police to talk down a madman who's taken a little girl hostage atop a roof. Only the madman isn't a man at all, but an android as well.

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