David Cage spoke to VG247 at GamesCom, stating how Quantic Dream’s upcoming Beyond: Two Souls will prove a lot to both the video games and film industries.
“The game is going to send a strong signal to the game industry, but also to Hollywood because of Ellen [Page’s] involvement and the fact that she was so great during shooting. If the game is successful, and if her performance is seen as something that proved the quality of the experience, it’s going to be a signal to the industry that says ‘look, it’s possible to do games this way.’”
But Cage’s comments are directly addressed to Hollywood. “But it will also be a signal for Hollywood to say, ‘this is now a respectable medium. If you are a talented actor, there are games that give you the opportunity to show what you can do, and to treat your emotions in the same way that films do.”
“In Hollywood, many people still think that games are about shooting, so most actors have no interest in them. They don’t want to just be a face on an avatar who is shooting people. So there is still some interest in Hollywood for games, but they are still really cautious. Beyond will send them interesting signals.”
Will it really go that far we wonder? Big promises were promised with Heavy Rain too, at one point, but time will tell as the game is released.