While everyone else seemingly chases the generic multiplayer shooter genre for mass appeal, full props have to be given to French video game developer Quantic Dream whose focus on gaming has been less about missions and levels and more exploring the art form.
The results have been four interactive dramatic and cinematic projects that blur the line between films and games starting with “Omikron: The Nomad Soul” for the Dreamcast in 1999, “Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy” back in 2005 for the PS2, and their most well known effort with 2010’s “Heavy Rain” for PS3. Their last title, “Beyond: Two Souls,” came out in 2013 but was hobbled by the fact that it was a PS3 exclusive that came out too close to the arrival of the PlayStation 4.
The company has the new next gen developed title “Detroit: Become Human” in the works for a likely 2017 release, but word comes today from PlayStation Blog that those who missed out on their titles from the last generation will get a chance to have a go with remasters of both “Heavy Rain” and “Beyond: Two Souls” on the way.
In fact ‘Beyond’ is slated to hit sooner than you might think – it goes online next Tuesday, November 24th, for $29.99. ‘Rain’ requires more work so won’t be launching until March 1st, but those who purchase “Beyond: Two Souls” digitally will be entitled to download “Heavy Rain” on PS4 when it releases at a discount.
Both games will include graphical improvements such as ful 1080p graphics with improved lighting and shadows along with motion blur, bloom and depth of field effects. There’s also some fan-requested features.
With ‘Beyond’, the Enhanced Experiments DLC will be included from the outset. Though the game was designed as a non-linear narrative, you will now have the ability to play the game in chronological order right from the start.
The DualShock 4 speaker will be used when playing as ‘The Entity’, the game’s combat difficulty will get a boost and fighting controls have been improved, and your decisions in-game will also be highlighted at the end of chapters – allowing you to see how your choices stack up against other players. Check out the launch trailer for the PS4 version below.
Both games will also be available in a combined physical package in March.