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Cage: Beyond Is Now "A Few Weeks Off" The Alpha Version

It's certainly one of our most anticipated games of the generation, so we'll take all the good news we can get.

In a new PlayStation Blog interview with Quantic Dream boss David Cage, we find out that Beyond: Two Souls is moving along nicely, and also that it's "very different" from the studio's last masterpiece, Heavy Rain.

First, the Blog asked Cage if development is going well; a fitting question since we haven't heard anything more about the title since the big E3 reveal. Cage replied:

"Development is going very well. Indeed, it’s nice to go to all these shows but we also have to make the game! We’re advancing – we’re now a few weeks off the alpha version. It’s always a very critical moment in the development of a game since it’s the first time all the game data is assembled in a complete version. This first version is often not very playable, but it’s the first time you can see the “complete” game as a whole. After that we’ll move onto the beta version, which is when the game really starts to look like the final version."

The next question referenced Heavy Rain and whether or not Beyond will be different in terms of gameplay mechanics. Cage said the "first obvious difference" is that we'll have two characters to control: Jodie (played by actress Ellen Page) and that mysterious entity known as Aiden. The latter can do all sorts of supernatural stuff, such as walking through walls and even flying. For the most part, Cage says they're going for a "psychological thriller" feel in the game.

"Beyond, of course, will also have these components of emotion, depth of characters, strong moments, but there will also be a more epic, dramatic dimension.

All this will be part of a story with a logical narrative following the philosophy that each scene must be unique and different. Take the forest scene for example. This is the only scene like this in the game. We will have more epic scenes and other action scenes, but they will be radically different and have nothing to do with each other in terms of environment and the type of action involved."

In the end, Quantic Dream doesn't simply want to please Heavy Rain fans. Cage says they want to "surprise players and show them that we can actually go much further with the concept." Man, who doesn't want to try this? Can't wait to play!

Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls

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

11/12/2012 11:02:37 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

Underdog15
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 11:32:53 AM
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This is a d1p for me. Can't wait. Wish there was a way to get on that Alpha test.

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Beamboom
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 11:41:36 AM

For a story driven game like this, I promise you; You do *not* want to play it before it is done. To mess with apha stage code would be to totally ruin the experience.
Crashes, unbalanced mobs, unfinished missions, unedited cutscenes, bugs in audio playback... It really does spoil the atmosphere. A lot :)

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Underdog15
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 4:13:54 PM

I know. I've played games in Alpha and Beta states before. Beta's aren't always bad. Alphas usually are. lol I still want to get my hands all over it.

The Dust beta is kind of fun, right now! Needs better party options, though.

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___________
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 2:57:02 AM

not always, i just finished playing the crysis 3 alpha and i honestly cant figure out why we have to wait till march for it!
its funny how alphas seem to run better than betas, i mean the BF3 alpha ran so much smoother than the beta and judging how smooth the crysis 3 alpha was i cant imagine the beta being much better.
if history repeats itself, worse is more likely.

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Rogueagent01
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 11:55:33 AM
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I'm kind of suprised to see this moving along at such a rapid pace. To me that is a sign that the next gen isn't to far away. I think they want to make sure this is finished and out before any announcement of the next gen systems, as it would hurt sales. I really hope the game succeeds, more so than any other game on the market.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 12:01:18 PM
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I dunno, if it's still crashing and stuff can we really expect it to be ready in 2013 without a bunch of bugs?

Sounds like they are going for a varying gameplay strategy, which should be very engaging and silence the losers who ragged on Heavy Rains controls.

Crap, now I wanna play Heavy Rain again.

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frylock25
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 3:08:04 PM

did you ever play it with the move controller? i cant remember if you have a move or not

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 4:09:01 PM

No, I always planned to get one as soon as a killer app came out, then it never did.

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 6:06:44 PM

It's almost like the PSMove was created for Heavy Rain. It works so great. Give it a try.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 7:49:20 PM

I'm not buyin that thing just for that.

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TheCanadianGuy
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 12:12:53 PM
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definitely a D1P for me aswell i don't buy a game on release day that often (uncharted 3 was my last) i'll only spend 60$ on the best of the best! and this is definitely gonna be amount the best!

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EMax
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 6:45:59 PM
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Anticipating this quite a bit. I really love games that emphasize much on story. The trend lately seems to be in favour more of multiplayer than story driven single player campaigns.

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Temjin001
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 9:27:29 PM
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I'm looking forward to this one quite a bit. I like what I've read concerning the story concept which is something I need to like in order to enjoy Cage's stuff. Also, it's one of the few high production games that isn't just a twist on a very familiar game play theme.

I believe I read somewhere some time ago that the game will be quite a bit different, structure wise, than Heavy Rain. I believe Cage actually described something of "open world" like stuff being integrated into the game. DOn't quote me on that, but I'm pretty certain I read something to that effect.

Lastly, I think this game is important. Important for Sony and important for other designers. Sony has put a lot of effort in keeping a diversified array of content availible for PS3, better than they ever done previously. Content that doesn't always fit popular appeals and a garunteed money grab bill.
I feel if something like Beyond tanks for Sony that narrow window that's still open for out-of-the-box design at the high production level will all but cease to happen by and large for quite some time.

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___________
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 @ 2:59:37 AM
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i just hope the story, and characters are a dam side more believable in this!
i hope theres not too many flashy hollywood moments too, the E3 leaked footage really worried me.
for a guy who despises violence, and is constantly calling out the industry for being so obsessed with big flashy action scenes, this sure does contradict itself ALLOT!

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