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LOS ANGELES — Beyond: Two Souls is one of the truly cinematic games coming out this year for Sony, with a deep story that is characteristic of game studio Quantic Dream.
In the scene that Quantic Dream is showing at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles, Jodie Holmes is 21 years old, and she is working for the Central Intelligence Agency. It isn’t the kind of job you’d expect for her, but the CIA is on to the fact that she is soulmates with Aiden, a ghost-like character with supernatural powers. Aiden can go through walls, choke people, and a find a way through obstacles that Jodie can’t penetrate.
So the CIA sends her into Somalia to perform an assassination. She has to take out a warlord in Mogadishu, and she gets help from a little Somali kid in doing that. You have to use Aiden’s special powers to infiltrate into the warlord’s compound. She has to sneak up on guys and take them out or rely on Aiden to set off diversions. This kind of work clearly doesn’t come naturally to Jodie, who still seems like a little girl. And when you perform the kill, it doesn’t go as planned.
“As the player, you can switch between Jodie and Aiden at any time,” de Fondaumiere said. “You have to find a way to work together.”
Sony is publishing Beyond: Two Souls for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on Oct. 8.
We caught up with de Fondaumiere at a recent Sony press event in advance of E3. Here’s our video interview.