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9:00 PM on 08.21.2013

Get beyond touchy with the Beyond: Two Souls app

David Cage's Beyond: Two Souls has been one of my most anticipated titles ever since my first glimpse of it during E3 2012, and now it's confirmed I'll get to share the experience with a friend.  Revealed during gamescom...

Wesley Ruscher

11:00 PM on 07.09.2013

Weird mo-cap kissing & more in Beyond: Two Souls video

I don't think I'll ever get used to motion capture suits. They're just so goofy. Coupled with little ball speckled faces, it's always hilarious seeing people do things in them, especially acting because the serious tenor of ...

Steven Hansen



Finally controlling Beyond: Two Souls photo
Finally controlling Beyond: Two Souls
by Dale North

We've had our time with upcoming PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls before, but only briefly. But for E3 we've finally got our first sizable hands-on with Quantic Dream's latest, and it surprised me in several ways. 

First surprise? Seeing Jodie (played by actress Ellen Page) in camouflage, hunkered down in what looked to be a heated situation in Somalia. We've seen her fighting on trains, trying out her hand at being homeless, and blowing up a city's main street -- all settings fitting in with what we know about the game's storyline. But an arid war zone? Wearing camo? With trucks armed with missiles rolling in the background? Quite a change.

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12:15 AM on 06.11.2013

Beyond: Two Souls goes militant in new trailer

I've seen a lot of shots of Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls set in the same run down urban environments that characterized Heavy Rain, but this E3 trailer focuses on Jodie Holmes' (Ellen Page) military training in the Middl...

Steven Hansen



This is not an article about David Cage photo
This is not an article about David Cage
by Allistair Pinsof

The first twelve paragraphs are about David Cage. AKA David De Gruttola. AKA Composer-turned-game designer. AKA Founder of French developer Quantic Dream, responsible for excellent implementation of David Bowie (see: Omikron) and poor implementation of twist endings (see: all other games). AKA second only to Peter Molyneux in being a recognizable game designer that internet commenters love to hate.

Tonight, David Cage has something to say about emotions, but doesn’t he always?

The setting, however, couldn’t be more different: Cage is on stage at the SVA Theater in New York, sharing the spotlight with other actors, film directors, and famous personalities known mostly for being famous who are all in town for the Tribeca Film Festival.

And they have chosen to be here. At a videogame demo -- or, as the man who was standing behind me in line explained to his friend: “An interactive entertainment preview.” It's like CD-ROM adventure game box descriptions all over again.

In listening to nearby audience members woefully explain the concept of videogames and the utter lack of recognition when Cage took the stage, it became abundantly clear that everyone here is a starf*cker and they are just waiting until this Frenchman gets off the stage so they can undress Page and Dafoe (not in attendance, sadly) with their eyeballs and imagination.

But for now, Cage is on stage and he’s getting emotional.

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7:00 AM on 04.29.2013

David Cage joined by film writers and directors on PS4

It's not normal for a man to write a 2,000 page script or direct a 10+ hour film, so I can't blame David Cage if all of Beyond: Two Souls isn't golden. Realizing how this strains developer Quantic Dream's game director, co-CE...

Allistair Pinsof

9:00 PM on 04.28.2013

Quantic Dream's PS4 engine predates Beyond: Two Souls

When I asked Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière if its upcoming, untitled PlayStation 4 game would be based on Beyond: Two Souls' engine, I got a response I wasn't expecting. The developer began development ...

Allistair Pinsof

9:00 AM on 04.28.2013

Heavy Rain was written for John Goodman and Clive Owen

David Cage has said in the past that he writes characters with actors in mind for roles. With better tech and a bigger budget, Cage finally got the cast he wanted with Beyond: Two Souls which stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe...

Allistair Pinsof

11:00 AM on 04.26.2013

Watch hour-long Beyond scene and trailer on stream

Just because I'm in New York this weekend covering Beyond: Two Soul's presence at the Tribeca Film Festival, doesn't mean you have to. Have to be in New York that is, since the hour-long clip and trailer will be live streamed...

Allistair Pinsof

4:33 PM on 04.23.2013

Here's the 2,000-page script for Beyond: Two Souls

I could see the FedEx delivery man hobbling down the street. I knew he was coming for me, but he was taking awhile as he was carrying a small box that looked like it was giving him some trouble. I met him halfway and he gave ...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 04.18.2013

Beyond: Two Souls box art is the Ellen Page-iest

Ellen Page. Polygons. Emotions. Mature. Beyond. On a related note, David Cage and Ms. Page will be screening Beyond: Two Souls at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 27. Because it's a movie, I guess. BEYOND: Two Souls Box Art Revealed [PlayStation Blog]

Tony Ponce





11:00 AM on 03.22.2013

Marketers wanted guns on Beyond: Two Souls promo art

Beyond: Two Souls had to fight to stop its promo art being reduced to a character holding a gun like 90% of the rest of videogame advertising, Quantic Dream recently revealed. Had marketers had their way, Ellen Page would be ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 AM on 03.21.2013

Cage: No QTE for Beyond: Two Souls

At a preview event earlier this week, Quantic Dream boss David Cage revealed that their upcoming PS3 game, Beyond: Two Souls, would not use QuickTime Events (QTEs). In an effort to create a more discreet and fluid UI, they've...

Dale North



Preview: An emotional ride with Beyond: Two Souls photo
Preview: An emotional ride with Beyond: Two Souls
by Dale North

After watching about an hour of live gameplay of Beyond: Two Souls, I felt like I witnessed a string of truly meaningful moments in the life of a gifted yet misunderstood person. In this small glimpse into what was probably just a few days of her life, I saw this girl struggle with loneliness, disappointment, and even homelessness, but I also saw a helpful and hopeful side of this same person later emerge, leading up to a climax where her selflessness ended up costing her. 

This segment of gameplay was enough of an emotional ride that, after watching, I felt like I had to honor Quantic Dream boss David Cage's gentle request. He asked attending press members during a studio visit to consider not spoiling the story elements shown during this session. I was moved enough by what I saw that I knew that going into too much detail would ruin the chance of anyone reading this preview feeling the same. 

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3:00 PM on 03.18.2013

Jimquisition: Innovation - Gaming's Snake Oil

There's nothing wrong with a game that innovates. There's everything wrong with a game that goes out of its way to innovate without reason. Like any tool, innovation is neither good nor bad, and it has its specific uses. How...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 03.07.2013

Jimquisition: Emotions, Polygons, and Ellen Page

This week, Father of Dreams and visionary game director David Cage hosts the show and tells us all about emotion. Emotion. Emotion. What is it like to feel? What can videogames learn from film? How well does David know Ellen Page? Watch this soul-scorching video and prepare to be impressed. Emotion.

Jim Sterling