If any of you can remember back into the dim and misty past, otherwise known as E3 2006, you may well recall a tech demo called ‘The Casting’. Presented as an audition, this mini-film effectively showcased the technology that would end up being used in Heavy Rain, and more specifically to animate the actress who played hooker Lauren Winter in the game.
From the time Heavy Rain was released in 2010, fans have been clamouring for another game from developer Quantic Dream which would develop their favored genre of ‘interactive fiction’. Now that a new tech demo has been released from the company, those hopes seem to be a step closer, although they go to extreme pains to point out that this IS NOT the trailer for a new game.
KARA is a wonderful little film, both for its impressive technology and facial mapping, but also as a story in its own right. Even if the finished game shares none of the same elements then it should still be worth a look based on this evidence. To my mind though, the creation of this whole universe that seems to be behind the vignette would make it very surprising if the new title doesn’t share any of its future setting and Blade Runner-esque themes.
Rumors abounded a while back after an easter egg was discovered within Heavy Rain that any new title would be called Infraworld, a title which would suit this kind of setting well. A more likely scenario is that whatever form this new title takes, it will be exclusive to the PlayStation platform as Quantic Dreams confirmed their loyalty to Sony in a recent interview with IGN.
KARA was apparently made around 12 months ago, and held back for now. This means the production team has had an additional year of development, so my hunch would be that they are releasing this teaser to the world now, to be followed up by a showing of the actual game at E3. You can dis-assemble me if I’m wrong.