Quantic Dream’s “Kara” tech demo is officially in development for the PS4 as Detroit

Do you remember Kara, the amazing tech demo released by Quantic Dream in 2012? At the time, the developer was adamant in their assertion that Kara wouldn’t be their next project. And they kept their word, releasing Beyond: Two Souls for the PS3 in 2013. However, it looks like Kara’s story isn’t finished, as the android will star in Quantic Dream’s first game for the PS4, Detroit.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog, developer David Cage talked a bit about Detroit, which will feature Kara’s awakening as a new kind of artificial intelligence and what ramifications that might have for humanity:

[W]e imagined our world in a near future where androids like Kara would look, speak, and move like real human beings. We wondered how we — humans — would react if we were confronted with a new form of intelligence, how androids conceived as machines would be perceived if they started to have emotions.

We didn’t want to do another story on AI (there are already so many great ones), we wanted to talk about what it means to be human and what it would be like to be in the shoes of an android discovering our world and their own emotions…

Detroit is currently without a release date, but its debut trailer has been embedded above. Take my advice, drop everything you’re doing and watch it right now.

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