Detroit: Become Human Gets A Release Date And Box Art

Yesterday Quantic Dream finally revealed Detroit: Become Human’s release date: May 25, 2018 (as though the above graphic left any doubt in your mind). They also revealed the box art:

All I can think of when I look at it is that scene from the first Resident Evil movie when they are being attacked by the laser grid. It looks like this guy’s face is going to come apart geometrically, and that makes me uncomfortable. I’d prefer if his face stayed intact.

I’m also a bit surprised at the release date. I thought for sure we would see this later in the year towards fall or even the holiday season.

I wasn’t terribly excited for Detroit before last year’s PSX presentation. When they showed the demo live, it was exciting. Perhaps it was being in the room and all the audience participation, but the game seemed tense in a way I wasn’t expecting.

I do worry about it, though.

David Cage is a man of vision, but some of those visions are predictable and not necessarily good. He does seem to touch on the same set of recurring themes: a birthday party, tooth brushing, awkward sex, and women being nearly assaulted.

I already think video game sex is supremely awkward (even in one of my favorite games of all time), but David Cage always takes it to the next level. I can’t wait (and please insert a healthy dose of silliness in that statement) to see how he tackles awkward sex in this game, especially since there are AI everywhere. I mean, do we really think there won’t be a robot sex scene?

Dear god.

Also, given the recent allegations against Quantic Dream, I’m concerned about the tone of the game. Cage’s games have always skirted that so-bad-it’s-good vibe, but there have been more than a few odd overtones. I hope the focus remains on the story and AI experience, and not some of the more hamfisted sexual scenarios we have seen in the past.

Hey! At least we won’t have to see an AI shower…right?

Oh brother. We are probably going to see an AI shower scene.

Someone get out the bingo card…

This card is amusing at first glance, but then you start thinking, wait…oh that’s right! Those were in every one of his games!

I hope Detroit errs more on the Heavy Rain side of the scale and not so much on the Beyond Two Souls side. Of course, if there is a desert scene and a bunch of AI are riding horses and it all takes an uncomfortably long time and has nothing to do with the story, per se, that would be something!

I hope this is coming across with the levity intended. If not, my apologies.

I’ve got my copy of Detroit on pre-order and, for better or worse, I’m looking forward to the experience on deck. No matter how it shakes out, it’s sure to be memorable.

With that I ask: how do you feel about David Cage’s games?

This weekend I hope to finally get to Crossing Souls. I recently finished Far Cry: Primal, so my deck is squeaky clean. I’m also planning on playing Night Trap at long last. Aside from those two titles, I have a set of three smaller games I’m hoping to finally play, two of which were created by friends of mine: The St Christopher’s School Lockdown, Waiting for the Loop, and Florence.

With that I ask: what will you be playing this weekend?

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  1. I’m kind of a fan of Cage’s games, or at least have been in the past, but I’ve always found him to be a bit off putting. The recent revelations about the culture in his studio don’t leave me feeling any better about him. As for his games though, I’ve always found them to be a bit on the nose and I’m worried about Detroit more than his past games as the AI seem to be his stand in for minority groups and well Cage doesn’t do subtlety very well so I can see him butchering this tragically. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.

    As for this weekend, I hope to play some more Monster Hunter, maybe get in some time with Xenoblade Chronicles, and wrap up my revisit of Burnout 2.

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    • I am, too. I may not like everything he makes (Beyond Two Souls), but I’m glad he exists and is out there making games.

      And I agree; I also find him a bit off putting. And I, too, am concerned about how he portrays minorities, or representations thereof.

      Yeah. He doesn’t seem to be one for nuance. He’s more of, HERE IS MY HAMMER AND I WILL BEAT THIS IDEA OVER THE HEAD, WHEEE!!!

      I hope you enjoy whatever you decide to play!

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  2. I’m looking forward to this game; I am erring(sp.) on the side of caution; I’m awaiting thee review for it before spending my funds. I plan to be more judicious with my money; if that makes sense. Back to the question; I tried getting into Heavy Rain with no luck; it was like when I tried to play the latest Deus Ex game, ugh!! Also, I finally got back into Batman. Working on episode 4. Things are starting to get dicey with the Waller/Bruce Wayne as a “mole”. Let you know how it turns out soon. Also, keeping an eye on the review for A Way Out.

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    • I am definitely feeling cautious, too. David Cage is a polarizing dude.

      I always feel weird when I try new games and I don’t click with them. Does that happen to you? I start to wonder…is it me? Why am I not enjoying these titles?


  3. I’m keeping my expectations in check when it comes to Detroit. I liked Heavy Rain, but it was the type of game that was only good for one playthrough. After you look back on it, the plot holes and other issues become way more apparent. I haven’t played Beyond: Two Souls yet but I remember my brother not liking it very much. I’ll wait for reviews and maybe an end of year sale depending on how it turns out.

    That David Cage bingo card was pretty on the nose in looking at it. Hopefully he’s learned from his past games and Detroit ends up being really good. If the bingo card holds true, I would expect at least one awkward sex scene with an AI droid or some kind of weird AI droid strip club. If it’s tastefully done, that’s a different issue but past experience would lead me to believe it probably won’t be. Time will tell though.

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    • I think that’s probably for the best. And oh man, Beyond Two Souls was…something. The erratic timeline stuff did nothing for the narrative, and some choices were completely arbitrary and deeply dumb. Not to mention, there were huge sections where it was difficult to figure out why you were there. A strange game, indeed.

      Isn’t that card funny? I have no idea who made it, but it’s weirdly accurate. And I never even thought of that, but I bet you are spot on about an AI strip club. Somewhere David Cage has a case of the tingles.


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