Cage: “I Didn’t Write [Detroit Become Human] to Deliver a Message”
With the upcoming PS4 exclusive Detroit Become Human, writer David Cage wants to create a very emotional experience that makes the player actually “feel something”.
The Paris Games Week trailer has caused quite the uproar due to its controversial domestic abuse scenes. As reported by Eurogamer, the title is now under fire following criticism from children’s campaigners and a UK Member of Parliament.
Journalist and Childline founder, Dame Esther Rantzen, even called out to Sony to either remove the abuse scene from the game or pull the game from sale entirely, “Violence against children is not entertainment. It’s not a game,” she told The Mail. “It’s a real nightmare for thousands of children who have to live through these kinds of scenarios. The makers of this game should be thoroughly ashamed. I think it’s perverse. Who thinks beating a child is entertainment?”
We’ve included the controversial Paris Games Week trailer down below:
With Detroit, Cage is trying to tell a story that matters, and while highly emotional and politically relevant, his aim isn’t to deliver a certain message to the public. “I didn’t write this game to deliver a message,” Cage told Play UK (issue #288) in a new feature about the upcoming game.
According to Cage, his aim is to tell a story that moves players and make them actually “feel” something. “I wanted to create a very emotional experience, and I want the player to feel something in Detroit – that’s my goal as a creator. Different people will see different things in this game, and I’m totally happy about that. That’s the nature of the beast, and I think it’s great.”
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Detroit: Become Human was officially announced during Sony’s 2015 Paris Games Week press briefing. The title made its appearance at E3 2016 and 2017 and is currently slated for a release in the first half of 2018.