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Cage: Beyond Will Send "Interesting Signals" To Actors

We're used to accomplished actors lending their voices to virtual characters on a screen.

But Quantic Dream boss David Cage says that just isn't enough, and if critics and gamers alike respond well to his new project, Beyond: Two Souls, it will prove to Hollywood that "respectable actors" can have a home in the interactive entertainment industry.

In speaking to VG247 at Gamescom, Cage focused on actress Ellen Page's contribution to the project.

"If the game is successful, and if her [Page's] performance is seen as something that proved the quality of the experience, it’s going to be a signal to the industry that says ‘look, it’s possible to do games this way.’

But it will also be a signal for Hollywood to say, ‘this is now a respectable medium. If you are a talented actor, there are games that give you the opportunity to show what you can do, and to treat your emotions in the same way that films do."

Cage added that Hollywood, like most of the mainstream media, is simply behind the times and think video games are only "about shooting." Hence, actors just aren't interested. That's why he's hoping Beyond will "send them "interesting signals," and it can't hurt to have people like Page spreading the word in Hollywood. This game won't just be great; like Heavy Rain, it'll be important as well.

Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls

Tags: beyond, beyond two souls, quantic dream, david cage

8/20/2012 9:48:19 AM Ben Dutka

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:16:20 AM

Cage is going to change the gaming world - one day EVERYONE will realize his and Quantic Dream's contributions.

P.S. Still play Indigo Prophecy, I think they should remake it, though highly unlikely.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:43:25 AM

An HD update would be nice.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 1:24:48 PM

love indigo one of my all time favs. an HD remake would be nice but it'll never happen. they should release it in the PS store though so more could play it. i played it late didn't get it till 2009 and had a hell of a time finding a copy.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 10:28:31 AM

I have my concerns about the hollywood actors thing. I dont equate Ellen Page to an A-list actor. (honestly didnt know her but from the IBM commercials prior to this game.)

But thats not my point. This is... You get A-list actors your asking for trouble. Christian Bale anyone ? What Im saying is that the more "name" the actor, the more say they want in the game. How many of the 100's of movie each year are worth seeing ? Also the trend of movie's follows the tride and true. (Remember Jade Raymond's comment last week about big games not allowing creativity?) So I dont think that gaming needs "big" actors, Rockstar and Naughty Dog seem fine without them.

This might be the first thing I disagree with Mr.Cage about.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:05:25 PM

You've never heard of her before this? Wow, where have you been?!? She's come out on Juno, Hard Candy, Inception and other films. She is an Indie film actress and a good one at that. She steers away from big Hollywood types if film. This can be good or bad depending on how well it is treated. But don't forget the director has a say on it as well. David Cage wouldn't hire a big name actor if he thought they couldn't portray a character properly.

I don't really think he would hire Bale with his antics that go on the set sometimes.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:19:51 PM

Yeah I dont get out much. But I dont think it's just about. David Cage and Quantic. Im seeing him try to make a case for all game companies. And thats where you get a Clooney or Bale or someone else who mucks up prodcution because they want it done there way. And not to mention it raises gaming budget to pay for the "stars".

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 2:34:34 AM


"You've never heard of her before this?"

"She is an Indie film actress. She steers away from big Hollywood types if film"

Well, that's probably the reason why he hasn't heard of her.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:03:19 AM

Broadly speaking, he does make a compelling argument. Realistically though each art form has its place. You go to the movies to relax and get taken for a ride.

Playing games of similar scope, depth and breadth does require some "work" and effort, all the better though when the characterization, voice acting and emotional energy is compelling and real. This makes a movie like interactive experience acceptable if done right. If executed poorly then I would rather not have it!



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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 11:48:06 AM

You know I like Cage but he might be a little too enamored with Hollywood, I like the idea of bringing general legitimacy to gaming and bringing in talented actors (and I think Page is one of them) but we don't want the industry to get too mucked up with big celebrity names.

If he succeeds in turning some heads then this will be a fine line we walk. I would really like to see other studios try to do what QD does though, and maybe they need star money to fund it.

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Monday, August 20, 2012 @ 12:22:32 PM

You sir said it better than I.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 2:15:12 AM

I'm going to let out some steam & probably cop it for this, but you know what? I frankly don't give a shite :)

If this man wants Hollywood taking this medium serious he really needs to hire better actors than the ones he had in Heavy Rain. Some of those were absolutely horrendous. Noone could look me in the eye & honestly say that the kids, & Jayden were good actors without smiling, because they weren't. But he is off to a good start with Ellen Page. So the talent is there already for Beyond.

Having said that i do wish this guy would stop talking about games being like movies just for once & just concentrate on actually making his upcoming title, fun & unique to play. Don't get me wrong, i'd be the first to admit that i love this fellow & i admire his vision in games but i just get sick of hearing his "games moving towards movies' dribble, it's repetitive. Just give people a *game* to play without all the dream theories & fantasies around it. The man comes across sometimes as having a big head imo & yet you don't see this too often if at all from the the likes of Hideo Kojima or Naughty Dog. Because these devs enjoy other games other than just their own.

& lol at "behind the times & video games only about shooting" what does he say to games such as Uncharted, MGS & Mass Effect 2? Both with shooting elements but top Hollywood actors? Also, point n' click is kinda behind the times too these days when Broken Sword, Dragon Lair, Clock Tower, Blazing Dragons, Discworld etc etc did it all years & years ago, but suddenly it's different with Heavy Rain because instead of controlling a cursor you're using button prompts? Oh Lol.

Games will never be like movies ever & if that time does ever come, then count me out, i resign from the hobby. Games are an interactive art form of their own & don't need to reel in big actors, Hollywood & the like to be big & successful. Let games be games.

Again, before all the gimps jump in to white knight the man, i truly admire this man as a dev & loved his Heavy Rain but by no means is he the be all & end all of where gaming or innovation is going in this medium, imo. Deliver first, run your mouth later when & if your new title, Beyond is successful. Which i hope it is.

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