You’ve got to hand it to Quantic Dream, their short film-style tech demos are awesome. Last year, they treated us to Kara, a haunting mini-movie that showed what happens to robots who are a bit too free-thinking.
David Cage’s company wanted to create another tech demo for Sony’s E3 Press Conference, but this time using PlayStation 4 technology. The result is The Dark Sorcerer, an amusing comedy showing what happens when video game development gets a bit too real. David Gant plays the titular sorcerer, and he’s joined by Maurice the
Troll Goblin (played by Martin‘s Carl Payne), a very dedicated devil (played by Christian Eriksen), and the world’s most patient director (voiced by David Gasman). Eagle-eyed viewers will note that Gant’s head appeared during Quantic Dream’s portion of the PS4 reveal back in February.
You should definitely check out The Dark Sorcerer, and we should all shed a tear that this isn’t Quantic Dream’s first PS4 project. I think a video game mocap session that’s actually putting the actors in danger (and stars a real goblin) has real potential as a real game. I’m sure Willem Dafoe (star of Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls and the similarly themed film Shadow of the Vampire) has plenty of insight into how it could work.