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4:00 AM on 09.04.2013

Microsoft turned down Heavy Rain because of kidnapping

It seems Microsoft turned down PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain because it featured the kidnapping of children, according to developer Quantic Dream's David Cage, speaking at the BAFTA Annual Games Lecture in London, Polygon reports....

Steven Hansen

4:17 PM on 06.11.2013

Quantic Dream's 'Dark Sorcerer' E3 PS4 demo

Quantic Dream continued to make me wonder how much it's angling for a job in movies last night with its Dark Sorcerer tech demo. This looked genuinely incredible at the beginning, before devolving into something I felt was a...

Jim Sterling



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



Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca trailer + 35 minutes of footage photo
Beyond: Two Souls Tribeca trailer + 35 minutes of footage
by Allistair Pinsof

Say what you want about David Cage, but I dare you to watch the above trailer and not be impressed. I feel you are going to prove me wrong, but join me, however briefly, with enthusiasm for Beyond: Two Soul's immense trailer which debuted at Tribeca last night.

The trailer shows Jodie Holmes (played by Ellen Page) throughout the different stages of her life. Different heights, clothes, locations, personalities, occupations, ages, and haircuts are shown, giving our first glimpse at how Quantic Dream is making good on a story that is supposed to follow Jodie for 15 years. I have my doubts Cage will make a cohesive tapestry that ties all these different stages together, but it looks fascinating when condensed to a ~3 minute trailer.

For a deeper look at the game, the 35 minute gameplay demo debuted at Tribeca should give a better impression. There are HEAVY SPOILERS in the demo, so if you don't want the early parts of the game ruined, you best skip it.

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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

2:45 PM on 04.24.2013

Here's a 'bootleg' trailer for Beyond: Two Souls

As you may have heard, Beyond: Two Souls is an official selection for the Tribeca Film Festival. Sony has sent along a fake bootleg to go along with that massive fake script.  After watching a bit of some fake (but well...

Dale North

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

2:15 PM on 04.11.2013

Quantic Dream is hiring a multiplayer programmer

I had the pleasure of visiting Quantic Dream's studio last month (see above picture), and it was there that I saw something interesting while being shown upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls. Unfortunately, that's about all I...

Dale North

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

9:25 PM on 03.21.2013

Beyond: Two Souls to appear at Tribeca Film Festival

Think David Cage's films are just movies with button prompts? I don't, but upcoming PS3 game Beyond: Two Souls is at least film-y enough to appear at the Tribeca Film Festival. The game will be an Official Selection -- a firs...

Dale North

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



First hands-on: Beyond: Two Souls photo
First hands-on: Beyond: Two Souls
by Dale North

While a sizable portion of Beyond: Two Souls was shown to press at a event at Quantic Dream this week, unfortunately, it was a hands-off situation. But the studio didn't want to leave us completely empty handed, so they prepared a shorter demo for us to play. It may have not been as deep or involved as the view-only session, but this first hands-on of the game gave us a good taste of what to expect as far as controls go. 

As for the story? Not so much.

Our session took place far enough into the game that Quantic Dream staff members had us playing the first bit of our hands-on session without sound in an effort to avoid spoiling the story. Only when the spoilers were passed were we permitted to hear the audio. This must be an easily spoiled story!

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