“Kara” is back and out in the world.
Many of you might remember Quantic Dream’s 2012 PS3 tech demo “Kara” featuring the story of a consumer grade android experiencing the world for the first time.
The video sparked fan interest instantly (as well as several tearful emotional breakdowns), and Quantic Dream’s audience has been demanding a game featuring Kara for three years since. Now these fans can be put at ease, as the trailer for Quantic Dream’s latest game (and the studio’s premiere on PS4) Detroit: Become Human features a familiar face.
Or at least sort of at ease…
It seems that Quantic Dream couldn’t wait to brag about the beautiful new Detroit: Become Human even though a release date is nowhere in sight, and I don’t blame them! The gorgeous trailer shows us Kara again, now roaming the city of Detroit, the epicenter of Android production. (Because where else in America would you do that except the home of Robocop?)
We can now see the world outside the factory Kara was built in, a world were androids serve many purposes. The trailer expands on the themes discussed in the original video, and gameplay is built around players helping Kara on her journey to discover herself and what it means to be human. In the trailer, Kara seems to inspire other androids as she walks down the street, implying her existence will have a profound effect in the world of the game. Even if there is no release date, gamers should get excited.
The story of an android gaining sentience is not a particularly new idea, but Quantic Dream’s other titles, like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, promise that Detroit will feature an intensely interactive, if heavily narrative, experience, letting the player guide the android’s plight. The company promised to have a unique take on the android genre.
We didn’t want to do another story on AI (there are already so many great ones), we wanted to talk about what it means to be human and what it would be like to be in the shoes of an android discovering our world and their own emotions…
We might have a good long wait ahead of us, but if the trailer is anything to go by, the stunning visuals and humanist story of Detroit: Become Human are enough to make it worth the wait.