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Post by Eorl @ 12:19pm 08/03/12 | 14 Comments
When developers Quantic Dream released a trailer titled The Casting, it was to show off the tech engine behind Heavy Rain, their interactive drama psychological thriller game. While it may seem like there can't be any more improvement to cinematic experience that Heavy Rain delivered, the studio has once again shown that's not quite the case, with their latest tech demo titled "Kara".
Welcome to Kara, the product of Quantic Dream's recent work on the PlayStation 3, and of its investment in new motion capture facilities. Again it's a one-woman show built around a slow tonal shift, again channelled through a strong and actorly central performance - but the distance between Kara and The Casting is as good a measure as any of the technical progress we've seen this generation, and of a shift in ambition and capability within Quantic Dream.

Kara's foundation is the studio's new engine, her purpose to reveal what it's capable of before the team embarked on its next game proper. "We really wanted to move forward and push the envelope on the new game," says Cage. "There were many things that we couldn't do on the old engine, so we decided to build a new one from scratch. Kara's the very first thing we've done with this brand new engine, so it's not optimized - it's got 50% of the features that we have right now, as Kara was done a year ago.
Sadly this is only a tech demonstration, and not actually representative of any game in development, but it's nice to know this is the kind of detail that we can expect in the coming years. You can check out the full developer discussion over here on EuroGamer, and watch the trailer below (or click here for the HD video page) to really see just how awesome video game engines have become.

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Posted 12:46pm 08/3/12
Posted 12:56pm 08/3/12
Very cool demo.
Posted 12:57pm 08/3/12
that was awesome
Posted 01:12pm 08/3/12
Posted 01:22pm 08/3/12
Pretty awesome, and even though its only a tech demo I wouldn't be suprised to find out whatever game they're working on next has something to do with this, since the initial tech demos they showed of Heavy Rain's tech involved one of the characters from the final game.
Posted 02:15pm 08/3/12
+1, if that turned out to be a commercial for their next title, sign me up (IF the game comes out sometime in the next 12-18 months...)
Posted 02:20pm 08/3/12
Woo! More Quantic Dream! I can't think of any other developer that takes such a serious approach to storytelling.
Posted 02:21pm 08/3/12
Clearly some japs on that dev team.
Posted 02:23pm 08/3/12
Check out the number of bots in line at the six minute mark, she's number five ;)
Posted 02:25pm 08/3/12
Clearly some japs on that dev team.

Possibly, but they're not actually a Japanese company, they're French
Posted 02:37pm 08/3/12
Eorl stole this from Khel, just so you all know.

Awesome little tech demo vid!
Posted 02:45pm 08/3/12
That lighting is terrible. Hopefully that was just to show off the animation, because it was definitely not sending any good vibes graphics wise.
Posted 03:17pm 08/3/12
Powerful video there and it looked stunning too. Very excited to see more :D
Posted 10:12am 09/3/12
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