Back when the Game Developers Conference was trending, developer, Quantic Dream showed off an impressive tech demo called Kara. This was a demo of just a few minutes long and it managed to pull every emotion out of a person. This forced the viewers to play that game but players were stunned when they learned that the tech demo was not going to be made into an actual game. It was known that Quantic Dream was working on a new IP that integrated the same elements that was shown in the tech demo but at that time nothing about that new game was known. We have recently witnessed this new title and we know that it is called Beyond: Two Souls. They have released a trailer for the game and we now know a little bit about what the game is about. So what do players want more, what we have seen with Beyond: Two Souls or would they have rather have had a game more like Kara?
Beyond: Two Souls was first shown with a young woman being interrogated by a police officer. She did not say anything to the man and the man seemed concerned about her. This girl was creepy and emotionless; she seemed to have some kind of supernatural force within her soul. A SWAT team rushed in the police station where she was being held and a quick montage of different parts of the game flash by. The SWAT team is obviously in search of the girl and had been harassing her for quite a while, as they move in on her location the screen goes back; closing the short trailer.
What was really interesting about this title compared to the tech demo is it didn’t make the viewer feel anything at all. Kara pulled out every emotion in a person while Beyond: Two Souls allowed the viewer to express no feeling. With all the talk about Kara it’s a wonder why they took the completely opposite direction with the actual game they were working on. This comes as both a surprise and a disappointment from a company gamers should trust to bring them the best gaming experience possible.
We have seen very little about Beyond: Two Souls, however, right from the start it has caught much less attention than Kara. Kara was all the rage, it was intriguing and it made players long to play that game. Beyond: Two Souls is a game that fades away with the other hot Sony exclusive titles. What players expect from Quantic Dream is emotion and that is not what we have seen. This sales tactic was far less interesting than what we have seen from this developer before. With that said it doesn’t mean that Beyond: Two Souls will not be great it just seems like a lesser interesting title then what was expected after seeing the Kara tech demo. How do you feel about the comparison between the Kara tech demo and Beyond: Two Souls? If they were both a complete titles released on the same day, which game would you more likely purchase?