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If you missed out on Quantic Dreams’ last-gen cinematic gaming experiences and have moved on to the PlayStation 4 already, you’re in luck. It looks like Beyond: Two Souls is set to arrive in the very near future (as in next Tuesday, Nov. 24), with Heavy Rain gunning for a 2016 launch.
Quantic Dreams’ games always break the mold. Indigo Prophecy was a wild ride on the PlayStation 2 and, more recently, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls have stretched the idea of what a video game can be. Their titles are usually more character-focused and story-driven, boasting unique gameplay mechanics and systems that don’t fit into tidy packages like “action game” or “shooter.”
With Quantic Dreams only recently announcing their next big gaming experience, Detroit, it looks like the developer has decided to follow at least one business trend: Launching enhanced versions of older games leading up to the new title. Keep in mind that I’m not dinging the developer for doing this. Creating more access to older games is usually a good thing in my book.
Anyway, that whole shebang kicks off next Tuesday, Nov. 24, with Quantic Dream releasing Beyond: Two Souls on the PlayStation 4 for $29.99. And according to a recent PlayStation Blog update from co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere, it’ll include the typical graphical improvements, as well as some fan-requested features in one downloadable package.
According to the announcement, the story of Jodie Holmes (Ellen Page), Dr. Dawkins (Willem Dafoe) and the rest of the crew in Two Souls will remain the same, only it will look a bit sharper on the PlayStation 4. That’s great news for those who missed out on the game the first time around but, for those of you thinking of revisiting Beyond, you’ll find some new features worth checking out.
For starters, the DualShock 4 speaker will be used when playing as “the Entity,” which is great news considering that’s a pretty spiffy hardware feature that everyone else is ignoring. Your decisions in-game will be highlighted at the end of chapters, and you’ll also be able to see how your choices stack up against other players similar to what’s been done with TellTale games like The Walking Dead.
Beyond: Two Souls boasts a story that’s told out of order but, once you complete the game, you’ll unlock the ability to play those scenes chronologically, too. Combat has an extra boost in difficulty for those who want a greater challenge, and the game’s Enhanced Experiments DLC will be included from the onset.
And if that’s not enough Quantic Dream goodness to keep you satisfied until Detroit arrives, de Fondaumiere finished by announcing that Heavy Rain will also be coming to PlayStation 4 on March 1 of next year.