Officially unveiled yesterday during Sony’s E3 2012 Press Conference and described as an “interactive psychological action thriller”, the latest creation by the makers of Heavy Rain will come with built-in Move compatibility.
In the light of Heavy Rain’s post-release Move support update, it’s hardly shocking to learn that Beyond will also feature compatibility with Sony’s motion controller (check at the bottom of the official fact sheet). In this case, tho, it’s going to be there right from the start, so it will be interesting to see how Quantic Dream will take advantage of the motion device now that it’s being implemented during the development process, rather than after its conclusion.
Unlike Heavy Rain and its cast of multiple playable characters, Beyond: Two Souls will tell the story of one main protagonist, Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her psychic link to an invisible entity she calls “Aiden”.
Jodie is being brought to digital life by Hollywood actress and Oscar nominee Ellen Page.
Little is known about gameplay mechanics and narrative structure, but going by what game producer Ross Alexander says on the Official PlayStation Blog, the player will be able to take control of both Jodie and Aiden (the latter possibly allowing to “possess” other people, as hinted by the fantastic debut trailer embedded below) and his actions and decisions will determine the protagonist’s fate (multiple endings?).
Powered by a brand new engine introduced with the tech demo “Kara” during GDC 2012, Beyond: Two Souls surely looks spectacular, especially with regards to lighting and facial expressions. Hopefully the frame rate will be more consistent this time around.
Beyond: Two Souls is scheduled to release during the 4th quarter of this year.