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Beyond: Two Souls will hit stores on October 8th, now with more Willem Dafoe; kinda makes me feel like Riverdancing

Warning: if you thought Dafoe looked creepy earlier – and, be honest, you did – Dafoe plus motion-capture markers all over his face is practically nightmare-inducing.

But don’t let that distract you from the main news – we finally have a release date for Beyond! October 8th puts it just before the inevitable holiday madness; which, with any luck, will help it carve out some space for itself in consumer’s minds (and wallets).

UPDATE – CVG has in-game footage of Dafoe doing his thing, which I’ve embedded after the break.

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Quantic Dream + Ellen Page = Beyond: Two Souls. (Also, profit.)

So this is what Kara‘s going to be when she grows up.

As  David Cage reveals in the admittedly-long-but-still-extremely-watchable video above, Beyond: Two Souls is the name of Quantic Dream’s new project. From the included cinematic, it looks like it’s a return to the supernatural element that so dominated Indigo Prophecy; also, Beyond definitely looks like it’s more action-oriented than Heavy Rain was, but only time (and a gameplay trailer) will tell.

Ellen Page will play the part of Jodie Holmes, the protagonist; and while that looks like a very promising setup indeed, I can’t help but wish for some kind of role for Valorie Curry, who was jaw-dropping as Kara.

With no word on a release date yet, all we can do is wait. And watch that trailer repeatedly. There are worse ways to pass the time.

The Making Of Kara

If, like me, you can’t stop thinking about Quantic Dream’s wonderful was-it-really-just-a-tech-demo Kara, here’s a fix to satisfy you for a while. Reminiscent of the enjoyable behind-the-scenes videos that came with Heavy Rain, the above video gives you a little glimpse into what it took to create Kara’s story. Incidentally, it also features Valorie Curry, the actress who played Kara; if that doesn’t sell it for you, I don’t know what will.

If you still want more, here’s an interview of David Cage (courtesy the European PlayStation blog) where he discusses the amount of work that was put into Kara, and where Quantic Dream wants to go from here. (A particular highlight is around the 5:50 mark, when Cage gives Ms. Curry one of the more cringe-worthy compliments I’ve heard recently.) Check it out after the break.

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In Retrospect – Why You Should Buy Heavy Rain

Seeing as how the Internet’s still buzzing over the awesome Kara video from last week, I thought that this would be a good time to revisit Quantic Dream’s last major effort – Heavy Rain. I wrote this piece back in 2010, but I think it’s still valid today. Without further ado, here you go.

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Why You Should Buy Heavy Rain

An Unashamedly Subjective Article

First things first : this is not a review of Heavy Rain. In fact, portions of this article were written before Heavy Rain even launched here in India. If I might quote Tenacious D here, this is just a tribute.

Heavy Rain is an interactive drama psychological thriller video game created by Quantic Dream exclusively for the PlayStation 3. The game is written and directed by Quantic Dream’s founder and CEO David Cage. Heavy Rain’s story is a dramatic thriller modeled after film noir, featuring four protagonists involved with the mystery of the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses extended periods of rainfall to drown his victims.

The player’s decisions and actions during the game will affect the narrative; the main characters can be killed, and certain actions may lead to different scenes and endings.

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Each of us has at least one game that he will remember for as long as he clicks a mouse button in anger. The reasons behind our choices are about as varied as you’d expect from a bunch of gamers, with all the choices that our chosen passion offers us. For a lot of us, Half-Life was such a game. For others, it might have been Diablo. A more recent candidate for the honor would be the Call of Duty series, and I’m sure GTA’s there or thereabouts as well. For some of us, it might even have been Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, and who are we to judge? My point is that each of us have had the fortune to encounter at least one game in our gaming histories that proceeded to shake things up and leave us, as gamers, the better for it. A lot of us, I’m sure, have thought at some point that they had it all figured out and seen all there is to see in gaming; the boundaries were mapped, the concept was clear. No surprises. And each and every one of us has had a game that came along just when we were getting comfy on our couch of jaded cynicism and proceeded to blow the ever-loving stuffing out of our minds. For me, that game was Indigo Prophecy aka Fahrenheit.

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Quantic Dream’s Done It Again – Say Hello to Kara

Quantic Dream, the people behind the critically acclaimed Heavy Rain, released the above tech demo – titled ‘Kara’ – during the Game Developer’s Conference. David Cage, founder and lead game designer, was quick to stress that Kara is not an announcement of a game in itself, but rather an indicator as to the direction Quantic Dream will be heading in with its next release. Cage wasn’t very forthcoming with more details, only revealing that the technology behind Kara was at version 1.0 when the clip was made but is now at version 3.0, and that he hopes to show us even more impressive examples of this technology soon.

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