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SCEA Gives Sneak Peek of Beyond: Two Souls at Tribeca Film Festival

Company: SCEA
Product: Beyond: Two Souls

SCEA gave an official screening of gameplay of Quantic Dream's upcoming, Beyond: Two Souls this past Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival, which seems appropriate, given Quantic Dream's lean towards much more cinematic-quality gameplay. In addition to showing off the gameplay, the screening included a panel discussion with Game Director David Cage and the Hollywood cast.

Developed exclusively for the PS3 system by award-winning studio Quantic Dream, creators of PS3's critically-acclaimed Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls has been recognized as an Official Selection by the Tribeca Film Festival for its impact on the Future of Film. Beyond: Two Souls delivers a dramatic, non-chronological narrative with performances by acclaimed actors Ellen Page (Juno, X-Men), Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spider-Man), Kadeem Hardison (A Different World, The Dark Party) and Eric Winter (The Ugly Truth, The Mentalist).

Releasing in North America on October 8, 2013, Beyond: Two Souls takes players across the globe on a journey that explores 15 years of Jodie Holmes' (Page) life. The main character, Jodie, aided by scientist Nathan Dawkins (Dafoe) discovers a connection to a mysterious entity, setting off a journey to discover the truth about life, death and who she is a central theme that provides a rich and evocative narrative.

"This has been a really intense and exciting experience for me, and one that I am extremely proud of. I'm excited to see everyone's reaction to the extended scene we are going to be screening and to feel the powerful emotion that David Cage instills in all his games."
- Ellen Page

"This is a momentous event both in the world of gaming and in the history of the Tribeca Film Festival. Beyond: Two Souls tells a beautiful story and the players can wholly participate in each scenario and choose the characters' action. This game is unlike any project that I've ever been involved with before."
- Willem Dafoe

"Quantic Dream is incredibly proud to share this vision of storytelling in games that redefines and breaks the boundaries of what games can achieve. We hope that Beyond's recognition as an Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival will only act as a catalyst to create more emotionally-charged games that explore mature themes."
- David Cage, founder of Quantic Dream

The exclusive post-screening panel featured actors Ellen Page, Kadeem Hardison and Eric Winter and was moderated by videogame journalist Harold Goldberg. During the discussion, they spoke of how their professional acting backgrounds contributed to their performance in this genre-defining game. Additionally, they discussed the challenges of working in a motion capture studio to produce such an epic story. Often void of any traditional inspiration such as costumes, props and environments, the mo-cap studio is a vacuum created to capture true performance. (Quantic Dream used cutting-edge performance capture technology that allowed the actors' performances and expressions to transcend the gaming medium, making the spectacular life of main character, Jodie Holmes, tangible and real.)

The exclusive scene revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival, titled "Homeless," follows Jodie during an emotionally and physically challenging part of her life where she is homeless and must find the will to survive in dire circumstances. The scene explores the relationships she forms with other homeless characters and the challenges they face, including finding their next meal, struggling to survive and retaining their belief in humanity.

-Geck0, GameVortex Communications
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