It’s always exciting to me when a game goes gold. After four years in development, this week Detroit: Become Human went gold.
Whatever you may think of David Cage, he makes unique games, as divisive as they tend to be. I think he relies too heavily on various tropes (cue the David Cage bingo card), but I’m always interested in the experiences he helms.
I wasn’t terribly excited for Detroit: Become Human until PSX late last year. Watching the developers play through a tense sequence in real-time while the audience shouted suggestions was exhilarating. I’m sure part of my interest stems from the energy in the room while that was taking place, but I also found the choices and risk/reward structure fascinating. As wary as I feel of David Cage tackling the subject matters in the game, I’m cautiously optimistic. I can’t wait to play it for myself next month.
Yesterday on the PlayStation Store, that very same sequence from PSX was released as a demo and, as excited as I am to play it for myself, I’m going to force myself to wait until the retail release of the game on May 25th.
Below, you can find IGN’s video of the live demo from PSX:
I’ve deliberately not read much about the game beyond the general premise. I want to go into it with as little expectation as possible. Earlier today, as I was looking at some screenshots for this piece, I noticed the AI character of Kara looked awfully familiar. It hit me that she resembled an actress from the 2016 Blair Witch. Turns out, I was right! Actress Valorie Curry plays Kara.
Curry as Kara in Detroit: Become Human:
Curry as Talia in Blair Witch:
One thing I have to hand to David Cage is that he has the uncanny valley thing down. The likeness of the actress to her Detroit character is striking. Looking back at Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls, the graphics aren’t quite as good as I remember them being when they released. Quantic Dream seems to push the envelope graphically with each subsequent game they create, and with this being a game about artificial intelligence, I think the uncanny valley effect will only add to the experience.
I may be cautiously optimistic, but I’m still excited to play Detroit when it releases next month.
How do you feel about David Cage and Quantic Dream? Did you like Heavy Rain or Beyond Two Souls? Or, going back even further, did you like Indigo Prophecy? Are you looking forward to Detroit: Become Human? Will you be picking it up at release?
I’m looking forward to being nice to robots next month.
P.S. David Cage bingo.