Checkpoint: Detroit: Become Human is Coming May 25th
via Playstation Blog - "We are proud to announce that Detroit: Become Human now has an official release date: on May 25th, you will finally have the chance to get your hands on Quantic Dream’s most ambitious title to date.
In a dystopian vision of our near future, Detroit is the story of three androids, three machines designed to obey, who start to feel emotions. Confronted with persecution and the violence of society, they will all have to decide who they want to be.
Connor is a prototype designed to help human investigators on cases involving androids; Kara becomes a fugitive by empathizing with a little girl, united in their dream of freedom; Markus will become the leader of the android revolution.
The player will control all three in turn, taking control of their destinies, and telling not only their individual stories, but also the story of their people and of their world."
Sony announced yesterday that the highly anticipated title from Quantic Dream, Detroit: Become Human, is releasing on Friday, May 25th. Add that to God of War hitting consoles on April 20th and Playstation has a strong lineup in the first half of the year. As a fan of Quantic Dream's previous work, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, I've been looking forward to this news. This doesn't come without a bit of controversy as you may recall Quantic Dream came under fire for reportedly having a "toxic work environment." As of now the situation is still unclear leaving the public to make their own judgements, for better or worse.
While the full truth is unknown at this point, I will withhold any judgements on the work environment and focus solely on the game. As I mentioned earlier I enjoyed both of their previous games and have been genuinely excited to get my hands on Detroit. Quantic Dream has a knack for telling compelling stories that make the player feel connected to the characters. A key element for them has been player choices directly impacting the outcome of the game. I felt this was present more in Heavy Rain than Beyond so I'd like to see them return to that emphasis on meaningful choices. One advantage Beyond had over Heavy Rain is the overall presentation: it was stunning. The jump to PS4 and 4K possibilities gives Quantic Dream another chance to show people that they are one of the best studios when it comes to visual presentation.
Lastly, I wanted to touch upon another attempt at telling a unique story by the studio. Detroit is all about robots discovering humanity. It's a topic that's been covered in other forms but not in this fashion. The player is taking control of three androids who are leading a revolution against humans. The player will make every choice for the characters and each choice carries weight. Some of the humans definitely deserve a robot beatdown, but since Terminator 2 is my favorite movie of all time I'm naturally a little skeptical of all these robot advancements. It's going to be an interesting experience personally, since I'm not really on team robot in most scenarios. I think Elon Musk is a psycho for wanting to implant chips in people's brains so I may have a hard time leading this android revolution. The good news is that my choices will decide the outcome. Maybe I happen to side with the humans and call it a day. Or maybe, just maybe, Quantic Dream will tell such a good story that I decide to give Elon a call and join the revolution myself. Only time will tell. See you on May 25th Connor, Kara, and Markus.