Following on from one of the most inspiring trailers of E3 2017, Detroit: Become Human has been confirmed for release next year.
Speaking to GameSpot during E3, the game’s director, David Cage said that although a specific launch date has not yet been decided upon, “it’s going to be next year.” The interview also touched on just how familiar the game will be to fans of Quantic Dream’s earlier games, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.
On that topic, Cage noted that the game is closer to a traditional action-adventure title, with players able to control the camera freely, though each scene will still utilise cinematic framing. This small choice seems to promise a much higher level of player agency than has been present in the studio’s previous titles. The sense of freedom also extends to the gameplay, with Cage emphasising that the central choice shown in the E3 trailer—the option to take a violent or pacifist route in the android rebellion—does not represent the entirety of the game, which will be about asking questions rather than providing answers.
The full interview delves deeply into the choice-driven narrative of Detroit: Become Human, and how the game will respectfully engage with contemporary issues, such as terrorism and human rights.
The new launch window tallies with a prevailing trend at this year’s E3 for publishers to highlight games that will be available in the relatively near future. Detroit: Become Human will be available exclusively on the PlayStation 4.