Cage: Technology Is Only A Tool; You Still Have To Say Something
Quantic Dream boss David Cage rarely says something with which we disagree.
In speaking during an open Q&A at Gamescom (and as summarized at IGN), the director, writer, and CEO talked about the kinds of games that will attract Hollywood talent in the future. You may remember that his new project, Beyond: Two Souls, features accomplished film actress Ellen Page.
"If we keep making things based on violence and platform jumping, you don't need Ellen Page to do this, to be honest. It would be a waste of time and a waste of money.
If the games we make continue to go in that direction, then no [we don't need Hollywood actors]. Now, if there are more and more games trying to create something more meaningful with proper actors, proper story and a proper portrayal of emotions in games, then we will need talented actors."
In regards to the technology for Beyond, the filming took a full year to capture the vocal, facial and body performances required in the 2000-page script. The team used 65 cameras (compared to the 28 used in Heavy Rain) and yeah, they took advantage of some superior technology. But Cage warned us that in fact, technology is still only a tool.
"The thing is, the better the hardware the more time we spend to improve the visuals to take advantage of the hardware. Technology remains a tool: you can have the best tool in the world but if you have nothing to say it will remain an empty experience."
We hope this guy lives to the age of a hundred and twelve and makes twenty more games.
8/16/2012 9:00:57 PM Ben Dutka