We're used to accomplished actors lending their voices to virtual characters on a screen.
But Quantic Dream boss David Cage says that just isn't enough, and if critics and gamers alike respond well to his new project, Beyond: Two Souls , it will prove to Hollywood that "respectable actors" can have a home in the interactive entertainment industry.
In speaking to VG247 at Gamescom, Cage focused on actress Ellen Page's contribution to the project.
"If the game is successful, and if her [Page's] performance is seen as something that proved the quality of the experience, it’s going to be a signal to the industry that says ‘look, it’s possible to do games this way.’
But it will also be a signal for Hollywood to say, ‘this is now a respectable medium. If you are a talented actor, there are games that give you the opportunity to show what you can do, and to treat your emotions in the same way that films do."
Cage added that Hollywood, like most of the mainstream media, is simply behind the times and think video games are only "about shooting." Hence, actors just aren't interested. That's why he's hoping Beyond will "send them "interesting signals," and it can't hurt to have people like Page spreading the word in Hollywood. This game won't just be great; like Heavy Rain , it'll be important as well.
Related Game(s): Beyond: Two Souls