David Cage tells us how he wrote Beyond: Two Souls

Indie developers are the future of this industry

"We have blockbusters, AAA titles that are incredibly expensive with huge development teams, and they are just franchises, because there’s so much money involved that no-one wants to take any risks with the IP. You have to give people what they expect, because with that much money you can’t make anything other than a safe bet. Indie developers have limited time, limited resources, limited technology, so they need to be extremely creative just to compensate. And this is what makes them so unique and so interesting. There will always be blockbusters, but the creativity is not there. The money is there, but the creativity is with the indie developers."

Very few developers in the world are in the position that Quantic Dream is in

"We have this relationship where basically Sony trusts me with my next idea and will let me do it. So it comes with some pressure, not pressure that Sony puts on us but that we put on ourselves, because when someone trusts you, you want to deliver, you don’t want to disappoint them. We want to show them that they were right."

I’d love to write a game that was funny

"I had a lot of fun with the writing and directing actors for [Quantic Dream’s most recent short] The Dark Sorcerer. It’s funny that comedy is somehow seen as less noble than for drama, and I think that’s not just in games, that’s in general. You get more credibility when you make them cry than when you make them laugh, although it’s probably more challenging to make them laugh."

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The Dark Sorcerer is just a prototype, by the way

"There’s no game in development based on this idea. We make these shorts, pretty much like Pixar does, in between full features to test new ideas. We wanted to play with the idea of a comedy; we did drama with our previous short, Kara, so we wanted to see: can we make people smile using this technology?"

In Beyond is that there’s no flashing sign when you have to make a choice

"Everything is implied, everything’s organic. When we tested the game, the people who played it were not aware they were making choices, but each time they did something there was a direct consequence to their actions. This is the way the game is designed, because in real life you don’t have a big flashing sign saying 'do you want to do this, or do you want to do that?' It’s just that as you do things, that takes you to a different route."

If you have an idea for a game, be aware that having ideas is not the difficult part of the job

"Everybody has ideas. The difficult part is implementing your idea, and the first step is to write it properly, and make it a consistent project that can be explained and understood, and that’s a big step. But it’s similar to films – out of 100 people who have ideas for films, maybe one will actually get a script written. And out of 10 who have a script, maybe one will make a film, because he will present it in the right way to the right people, at the right moment. So it’s about dedication, will and talent. And luck."

Beyond: Two Souls is released for PS3 on 11th October.