I, Robot was that movie which made you feel uncomfortable. When it first released in 2004, (I was a lot younger then) it made you generally scared of the future. In 2004 technology had already started advancing at a rapid pace, to the point where robots have become a reality…
Above Video: ‘Sofia’ real life robot.
So when I first saw Quantic Dreams ‘Detroit: Become Human’ at E3 of last year, it instantly reminded me of ‘I, Robot’ but with a twist. Instead of playing from a human perspective, you are put into the shoes of three living, ‘breathing’ androids.
It’s a very appealing and unique concept which I believe deserves some extra attention.
Detective Android – Story
Androids become human, they are integrated within human civilization. Working, living and obeying orders efficiently and without a second thought… Until now.
Some have begun to display strange feelings, developing emotions and starting to become ‘deviant’. In this action-adventure game you play as three of these ‘deviants’. Marcus, Connor and Kara:
- Marcus is an android who leads a resistance, freeing other androids from the humans.
- Connor is an advanced police android, which is tasked with hunting down deviant androids.
- Kara contains an artificial conscious, after being a newer model of android. She struggles with interactions in the world around her, and with her place in society.
You follow their stories as they rebel against humans to show them that they worth more than just machines, through the branching decisions you make which influence the world and help the player create their own story.
For example this gameplay clip from E3 of last year highlights that of Connor, who tries to stop a deviant android from killing a little girl:
This is a story driven-game so expect linear branching missions which are high-intense and deliver a thriller experience to the player.
4K All The Way – Graphics
The gameplay from the released trailers are running on a PS4 Pro at 4K resolution. No word on FPS (frames per second) has been mentioned yet but I imagine it will be 60FPS, based on the idea that the game seems more graphically and story oriented.
However, the game looks amazing so far and I am excited to see how it handles and runs when it releases next year.
Please note that this is a PS4 exclusive as of this moment, with no word being made about the transition to PC or Xbox.
What The Developers Have To Say – Interview
Not only does ‘Detroit: Become Human’ represent the age of technological advancement, it also establishes social nuances which reflect that of the political spectrum in the world today.
There are moral implications for the decisions you make which reflect on the games world. If you get a main character killed, the game will continue on and you won’t know their story until you replay the game.
It all ties in with the fact their are consequences for your actions, which translates into a more connected experience for us as players. More information can be found in this E3 2017 developer interview below:
Above Video: Interview with David Cage (developer on the game).
Robots Are Coming
This game has the potential to be something great, with a decision based story which effects the ‘Detroit’ world in huge ways. It also could be a potential warning for our reality…
I hope you guy’s enjoyed this preview. Let me know your thoughts on intelligent AI in the comments section below.
Have a great day and take care!