Quantic Dream has stirred the gaming community into a frenzy over their latest project, Beyond: Two Souls ever since its unveiling at E3 2012 last month. Much debate sparked over the Heavy Rain developer’s attention to cinematography and intense atmosphere, 22 heart-pounding minutes of which was covered as E3 was wrapping up.
Along with all the buzz about the wildly-anticipated title, rumors have recently surfaced of other Hollywood actors joining Ellen Page in the main cast. Unfortunately, while this may not be the case, some incredible behind-the-scenes footage has been released during Quantic Dream’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
While many of the scenes shown in the video come from footage we have already seen, it is certainly interesting to see how the sequences are put together. Particularly fun scenes to watch are those that utilize very basic, rudimentary objects that will make up the components of much more detailed areas in the final game. For example, car seats are used in lieu of full-sized train seats, and basic wooden objects with attached motion capture nodes act as integral, interactive parts of a given sequence.
There are also many scenes that we have not seen finalized — only snippets of motion capture footage are available. These are generally scenes that feature Ellen Page’s co-star Eric Winter. From what we can see during the behind-the-scenes footage, however, more may be going on than within the context of the game’s storyline. Alongside Eric and Page is Kadeem Hardison, who plays agent Cole Freedman, researcher of paranormal activity. The three are now set in stone as the starring roles of the game, but as for the rumored involvement of Willem Dafoe: David Cage, head of Quantic Dream, promptly shuts the rumors down.
Ranters: no matter what side of the fence you’re on when it comes to Quantic Dream’s Hollywood-inspired games, you have to appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into a project like Beyond: Two Souls!
Beyond: Two Souls is set to release in first-quarter 2013 for the PlayStation 3.
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