The power of Hollywood enters the world of gaming as Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand today announced that Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man) is to star alongside Ellen Page (Juno,Inception) in BEYOND: Two Souls™; the latest title from critically acclaimed development studio Quantic Dream, makers of the award-winning Heavy Rain™.
A stellar cast for a genre defining game:
BEYOND: Two Souls will feature Oscar nominee Ellen Page in the lead role of Jodie Holmes, a young woman who possesses supernatural powers through her link to an invisible entity. Ellen is supported by Willem Dafoe who plays Nathan Dawkins, an enigmatic scientist working for a government division studying paranormal activities. Dawkins' professional curiosity in Jodie, driven by personal tragedy, is a central theme in BEYOND: Two Souls, and provides a rich and evocative narrative that only Dafoe's subtleties of performance could fully realise.
Writer and Director David Cage of BEYOND: Two Souls, comments "Ellen and Willem were cast for their immense talent and they bring with them the same passion and dedication you would see in the movies they star in. Never before have I seen this calibre of acting performance in a video game."
Play through a lifetime:
In BEYOND: Two Souls, gamers will play through fifteen years of Jodie's story, experiencing the most striking moments of her life. As she traverses the globe, Jodie will face incredible challenges set against a backdrop of emotionally charged events, the likes of which have never before been seen in a video game.
Like its predecessor Heavy Rain, BEYOND: Two Souls will allow players to shape the course of the story through their decisions and actions taken in the game.
Actor Willem Dafoe comments, "It's a beautiful story and because the player participates in the scenario and chooses the character's actions, the possibility of where the story goes is fantastic."
Cage adds, "We are really proud of what we have created and I hope that fans will appreciate BEYOND: Two Souls for the intensely original, rich and affecting experience it will offer."
The next chapter for Quantic Dream:
Developed exclusively for PlayStation®3, BEYOND: Two Souls blurs the lines of movie-making and gaming by featuring a brand-new engine, an immersive and evocative story and the best theatrical performances in gaming to date.
The methods used by developer Quantic Dream to track facial, voice and body animations simultaneously create a true performance from the actors, and result in the most realistic and emotionally charged gameplay experience to date.
PlayStation 3 exclusive, BEYOND: Two Souls is due for release in October 2013.