At Sony’s Paris Games Week conference a few hours ago, Quantic Dream’s new game was revealed. A PlayStation 4 exclusive, the game is titled Detroit: Become Human and is an extension of the company’s incredible PlayStation 3 tech demo from 2012.
Presumably the game will retain the cinematic adventure gameplay of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, both of which are being ported to PlayStation 4 soon. No release window was announced.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, the game’s director David Cage discussed the game. “Some of you might remember a PS3 tech demo called Kara that we released in 2012,” he wrote. “It was about an android who discovered she could feel emotions and appeared to be sentient. Many people were deeply moved by this character and felt empathy for this character who just wanted to live. But everyone had the same question: what happens to Kara when she leaves the factory?”
“So we imagined our world in a near future where androids like Kara would look, speak, and move like real human beings. We wondered how we — humans — would react if we were confronted with a new form of intelligence, how androids conceived as machines would be perceived if they started to have emotions.”
“We didn’t want to do another story on AI (there are already so many great ones), we wanted to talk about what it means to be human and what it would be like to be in the shoes of an android discovering our world and their own emotions…”