Detroit’s Script Took Two Years To Complete, It’s Probably “20 Times” as Complex as Anything Quantic Dream Has Ever Done

Alessio Palumbo
Posted Oct 28, 2016
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In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Quantic Dream’s David Cage talked briefly about Detroit: Become Human, the company’s next PlayStation 4 exclusive.

It’s a big burden, to be honest. I’ve just finished the script for Detroit. It took me more than two years, and that’s working around six days a week. It’s probably 20 times more complex than anything we’ve ever done. It’s a lot for one brain to handle.

Fortunately, I have a very talented team helping me keep track of the branches and finding good ideas for each one. When it’s just one brain, you can only have so many good ideas in one day. The fact that it’s collaborative work helps me, but I like the fact that it starts with something very personal.

Detroit: Become Human was announced at last year’s Paris Games Week, during Sony’s keynote. Derived from the old Kara tech demo, the game features several playable characters who are androids. Just like in previous games by Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls), any of the playable characters can die and the story will continue; choices will also be critical in the plot’s development.

Kara herself, who is the face of the game, is portrayed by actress Valorie Curry. At the beginning of Detroit she is just a working android like many others, but eventually Kara gains sentience and escapes the factory. Connor, another playable character, is a police android tasked with finding “deviant” androids like Kara.

The city of Detroit was chosen by Cage due to its former history as an industrial giant, particularly in the automobile industry. He also previously confirmed that the game will use a new engine, pushing the visual quality of what’s possible on PlayStation 4 with advanced features. It’s fair to assume that PS4 Pro support is a given, even more so since the game isn’t coming out before 2018 in all likelihood.

Quantic Dream Wants to "Push the Limits" With Advanced Visual Features for PS4-Exclusive Detroit: Become Human

Check out the latest trailer from E3 2016, in case you missed it.

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