Beyond: Two Souls follows the life of Jodie, a young girl cursed with supernatural powers and links to the world beyond our own, from the age of 8 to 23. During that time, Jodie will experience her youth in a hospital and first dance with a boy before being trained as a super soldier and chased out into the night by government forces looking to control her powers.
The latest gameplay trailer provided by developers Quantic Dream shows how all of these events are played out in real time in the game rather than just being lifeless cutscenes to move the plot along. Fans of Quantic Dream’s first PlayStation 3 hit, Heavy Rain, should know what is in store for them with this new title. Lots of quick time events and timed rotation of analog sticks.
Ellen Page stars as Jodie and provided all of the motion-capture and voice acting for the game. Quantic Dream has always been well known for pushing motion capture technology, and Beyond: Two Souls shows no sign of them letting up. Ellen Page’s distinct facial features are present on the character at every age, even as an eight-year-old child.
I’m not entirely sold on Beyond: Two Souls yet. Gaming as a cinematic medium has yet to completely pull me in, and there is nothing that fits the description better than this game. The idea of replay value to see different decisions is great on paper, but I only played through Heavy Rain once and never thought about it again.
We shall see in time. A demo is just around the corner, and the game will be released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive on October 8th.