The worlds of film and games merged this past weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, where this fall’s highly-anticipated PS3 game Beyond: Two Souls became only the second video game ever to be acknowledged by the film festival. The first was 2011’s L.A. Noire. A rather prestigious accomplishment, but perhaps not surprising in this case, as it comes from the very gifted mind of David Cage and his studio, Quantic Dream, which previously brought us 2010’s immersive video game experience Heavy Rain.
Cage brought with him a 35 minutes clip from the “Homeless” level of the game and participated in a short Q&A session afterward, along with actors Ellen Page, Kadeem Hardison and Eric Winter. Cage revealed that the gameplay of Beyond: Two souls is approximately 10 hours, revealing the title’s narrative spans over 2,000 pages. Page also admitted she hadn’t played a game since Crash Bandicoot, but she found herself astounded by the world Cage had created. It also took some time for her to get used to acting with 90 motion capture dots on her face (though she noted that getting prepped with mo-cap equipment wasn’t much different than mak-eup for a normal film)
“You’re Jodie Holmes (Page), who was born with a connection to a mysterious entity with incredible powers known as “Iden.” Iden lives between the world of the dead and our world, and acts as something as a guardian angel for Jodie. During the course of the game, your actions will determine Jodie’s fate as she faces extraordinary challenges on a journey to discover the truth of who she is and what purpose she is to ultimately serve.”
Cage also revealed he’s confident that most gamers will finish the title, as his last game Heavy Rain had a higher than average completion rate amongst gamers; normally about 20 percent of players see a game through to its end, but for Heavy Rain this number was about 75 percent.
In his opinion, this is basically because of the story of the game:
“Because people wanted to see the end, they wanted to know what would happen next…all this was very important.”
Below we have the new trailer and the 35 minute gameplay demo. The demo features early parts of the game so it might be spoilerish.
The games comes out on October 8th 2013 for PS3!
The new Tribeca trailer:
The 35 minute gameplay demo: