GC 2012: David Cage’s Beyond: Two Souls Script Dwarfs those of Modern Films
Very similarly to the script for Heavy Rain, David Cage revealed that the script for his upcoming epic, Beyond: Two Souls, will also be over 2000 pages long. Cage admitted that he wrote the entire script himself, with hundreds of pages specifically written for Ellen Page and her character of Jodie Holmes. “Our actors all had to learn their lines and deliver them from memory,” Cage said during Gamescom, “Ellen had hundreds of pages, worth about three or four movies.”
Though he initially described the premise of Beyond: Two Souls as being an exploration of what happens after we die, he added that much of the plot and overarching themes have to do with people and relationships, much like the story of Heavy Rain. “This game is not about paranormal events. It’s about relationships, growing, and about how the different moments in your life define who you are.” Cage explained, “It’s about death, about something that will happen to all of you here one day. It’s about emotions people feel, how they think, how they act and how they fear death – about what lies beyond on the other side.
The depth of the script was also meant to augment the amount of effort that Cage and his actors are putting into each character’s performance. With the technology shifting from a combination of separate facial and motion-capture systems to full-on performance-capture systems (an amalgamation of both facial and motion-capture), Cage felt that the strength of the script was of paramount importance.
Beyond: Two Souls will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 on an unspecified date that is rumored to be sometime next year.