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Kara Offers A Glimpse At The Future Of Performance Capture From Quantic Dream

Day three of GDC was a special day as it brought us the extremely exciting reveal of Kara, the latest tech demo/glimpse of what Quantic Dream has been up to since the release of Heavy Rain.  Taking to the stage in a panel revolving around emotion in games and digital actors, Quantic Dream Founder/CEO David Cage revealed Kara – a tech demo showcasing the new technology the studio has devised which is focused on capture the true essence of an actor’s performance.

Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain) To Discuss New Tech And Show Demo At GDC 2012

A rare moment of utter excitement has washed over me as Quantic Dream founder/co-CEO David Cage will be making a presentation at GDC 2012 showcasing the new technology powering the next project the studio is producing.  Best known for making the cinematic experiences that were Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream reportedly has two projects in the works, both of which are PlayStation exclusives due to the commercial and critical success Heavy Rain achieved in 2010.

Some Potential Names Pop Up For Quantic Dream's Next Project

Last year we were given Heavy Rain, a game that for almost two years prior had a pretty heavy amount of hype going for it.  Heavy Rain was far from being a perfect game as it had a few issues (no, I’m not directly referring to the now meme worthy Jason! moment), but as a whole the game did deliver the goods, whether it was on a technical level or through providing a narrative that despite a few kinks was still captivating and wasn’t the overly simplified rubbish we’re used to seeing in games.

Heavy Rain developer working on two new games

After the success and critical acclaim of Heavy Rain many are wondering what developer Quantic Dream is doing next.  Previously studio founder and honcho David Cage revealed that the studio was indeed working on their next game but of course he stayed mum on the details. Then some casting info was leaked which revealed that Quantic Dream’s next game could be a sci-fi based love story but that was shortly shot down as false by Cage. While we may not get a sci-fi love story, Cage has revealed that the studio is working on two new games.

Heavy Rain creator's next project could be underway

Heavy Rain creator David Cage seems to be full steam ahead on his next currently unannounced game.  In the past Cage has commented that the story for his next game was complete but now things are moving to the next level. According to VG247, Cage will begin the casting process for his next game titled “Horizon.”

[Review] Heavy Rain

Overall Feeling: 

Whilst it's mechanics may not be to everyone's liking, the emotional connection that Heavy Rain forges between the player and the characters is unlike anything seen in the industry to date. An incredible plot with various different branches, all of which are entirely at the player's control, coupled with a phenomenal score and voice work makes this a truly unique experience.

The Pros: 

A tense and engaging narrative. Player choices have a genuine impact on the outcome of the plot. Intuitive controls give the sensation of performing the on-screen action. A powerful score that invokes your emotions. Believable characters brought to life through fantastic voice work.

The Cons: 

Movement can feel a little clunky and unresponsive. Rating : 

“Interactive drama”. That's the term David Cage, Heavy Rain's director uses to describe the experience on offer. It's not so much a game in the conventional sense of the word, but rather a story in which you control the lead characters' every action and decision. It's this  combined sense of freedom and control, couple with a terrific plot, that makes Heavy Rain so emotionally charged. Through an intuitive control scheme, you're drawn closer to it's characters than any traditional game could manage. It's precisely for this reason that you simply have to experience this game.

An update on the Heavy Rain demo and planned DLC

Two weeks ago it was confirmed that both North America and Europe would be receiving a demo of the eagerly anticipated noir drama game Heavy Rain.

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