David Cage Calls For Progress, Depth, And Meaning
We now know that Heavy Rain is a success, and we couldn't be happier. We're also relieved to learn that due to such success, Quantic Dream boss David Cage will stick with the industry.
In speaking to GamesTM, David Cage talks about the advent of motion control and the future of gaming. If you didn't already know, a special "Move Edition" of Heavy Rain is on the way, but that doesn't necessarily mean Cage's team will be dedicating future projects to the new technology. Said Cage:
"For me, emotion is everything. If you can create an experience that is emotionally engaging and though provoking I don’t have anything against using motion control. But are motion controllers the magic solution to our content issues? I don’t think so. Yes, it will be a very useful device for many people who have difficulties using the standard controllers, but if we cannot offer anything more than tennis games we are not going to hold their interest for very long. Content is the key to everything. Once you have the right content, you can make it work with any type of device."
He also spoke about "breaking free" from the traditional patterns and structures in gaming today, and that we need something new for the future. In fact, Cage said that if Heavy Rain had flopped, he "probably would have left the industry." ...and if that had happened, we would've lost someone we definitely need. We still have yet to hear early info concerning Quantic's new title (apparently called Horizon) but according to Cage's comments, you can bet it'll be geared towards an intelligent, mature audience.
"My point of view is certainly very marginal in the industry right now, but I continue to believe that the future of games lies in reaching an adult audience, not the way the Wii does, but in creating interactive experiences that carry depth and meaning, and trigger complex emotions. We should invent new ways of playing to get rid of loops, mechanics and patterns, as well as stop limiting ourselves to ultra-violent themes."
Bottom line? He says it'd be "stupid" not to try to progress, as there are "so many new ways of playing that we cannot even think of" just yet. If we don't push forward and continue to cater to adults, and we remain mired in the kid/teenager culture, Cage believes the industry could be in big trouble. But hey, he's still around, and so are guys like Hideo Kojima and developers like Naughty Dog and TGC (thatgamecompany). We'll be okay, right?
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
8/31/2010 9:01:10 PM Ben Dutka