Storytelling is one of the biggest things I love about gaming. Being able to experience stories in an interactive way makes the stories come to life, in my opinion, more than the passive experiences movies and books give you (though I greatly enjoy those mediums as well). It’s long been my dream to be a screenwriter for games, and so I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the men and women who manage to make their ideas come to life in an interactive way. Some of my favorite gaming storytellers include Quantic Dream’s David Cage and Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki. Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy, and Shenmue remain some of my favorite games. With that said, here’s a nice, long interview featuring those two gentlemen as well as former HALO creative director Ryan Payton. It’s an interesting look at what goes into telling great interactive stories and for anybody interested in that process, is definitely worth a watch.
Quantic Dream’s upcoming Beyond: Two Souls was recently featured at Tribeca Film Festival. The games the studio has worked on in the past are best categorized as “interactive movies” with past titles having deeper focus on non-linear storytelling over intricate gameplay. It’s no surprise then that the French developer is hiring film screenwriters and directors to assist David Cage in bringing his visions to life.
Beyond: Two Souls’ script is about 2,000 pages and was written exclusively by David Cage; having a staff of writers assisting in creating these stories could be a welcome addition to the studio. Their next project, a currently untitled PS4 game, has a staff of three writers, Cage included. The stories told in Quantic Dream’s games are still David Cage’s visions and, as such, he will continue to have the final word regarding all future projects.
After showcasing their upcoming adventure game Beyond: Two Souls at Tribeca Film Festival, Quantic Dream has prepared a new trailer for eager fans. Beyond: Two Souls would probably be best described as an interactive movie, in line with Quantic Dream’s past games, and stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. It is set to be released this October.
As a fan of the studio’s past work (most notably Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy), I’m excited to get my hands on Beyond this fall.