At Sony’s E3 conference, Detroit Become: Human by Quantic Dream was anounced. A game that promises to explore the relationship between the artificial and us. An interesting concept that has been done before, but that still does not mean it doesn’t have a lot of potential. I do have one big fear for this upcoming release.
This kind of game should be something I’m interested in, I strongly believe that narrative is just as important as game play. Aside from exceptions such as DOOM, without a compelling story; games can just feel empty. Devoid of life and just dull. Take Watch Dogs for instance, can anyone honestly say that they cared for a moment about Aidan Pearce’s character?
This is where my fear lies. I am unfortunately expecting the game play to be weak and uninteresting. I feel this game will sacrifice fun over narrative. If you give a developer a setting and story concept that has the potential to be deep, cutting and powerful will they sort that out, then work the game around it? In my own opinion (yours may differ, that is fine. Despite what the Internet will have you believe) I feel that it should be the other way round. This is where I feel the Order 1886 went wrong.
But this doesn’t mean that focusing on a story won’t work, look at Telltale for instance. And from what I have seen and heard about the game, maybe I am just being a bit too cynical. And of course, I am leaving out the developer’s “pedigree”, but I rarely build up any hype for a game just from the developers previous games. (You have Roller Coaster Tycoon 4 mobile to thank for that).
Despite that though, my fear still resides and though I may sound like I’m being cynical, harsh or too critical, this is what I feel. I would welcome some defintive proof to change my mind. But as it stands right now, this is a worry I have. Which is a shame, because I still believe that this game has great potential and I don’t want to see it go to waste.