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Detroit: Become Human is the next game in the works for Quantic Dream, the development studio behind PlayStation exclusives like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. Detroit was first revealed by Sony back in October of last year, and their E3 conference this year we got a brand new trailer for the game that showed off a gameplay scenario that you might find yourself in while playing the game. Allow me to dig deeper into what we saw.

Detroit Story Tree

The main protagonist that this trailer showed off is Connor, an android working in the city of Detroit. His role in the game seems to be that of negotiator/detective. In the situation presented to us, Connor is forced to negotiate with another android who is holding a human child hostage. This is where the gameplay starts to make its way into the game. Connor has many different ways that he could choose to negotiate with the other android, and Detroit: Become Human leaves all those choices up to the player. You can try lying to the criminal, you can give into his wishes, or you can go straight for the kill shot. And these are just a few of the routes you can take in handling the situation. Each decision can branch out in many different ways, allowing more opportunities to pop up, and your choices ultimately decide the end result. The android criminal might submit, he might fire back at you, he might kill his hostage, etc. Exploration, uncovering information, and making decisions are the key gameplay elements of Detroit: Become Human, much like the rest of Quantic Dream’s games. 

The trailer also gave us some insight on the game’s story. It seems that relations between androids and humans is quite tense at the moment. The reason that the other android is holding the child hostage is that he feels tired of taking orders form humans. When the main protagonist, Connor, walks in to negotiate with the other android, the mother of the child being held hostage is disgusted by the fact that the police sent an android to negotiate for her daughter’s life. 

Despite this being the second time that Detroit: Become Human has been shown off by Sony, there is still no set release date for the game. The latest trailer didn’t even give us a release window for the game. For now, all we really know is that Detroit: Become Human is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.

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Matthew Arrojas

Staff Writer

Just because I write about video games doesn't mean I'm very good at them. Unless it's Smash Bros. I'll wreck you in Smash Bros. I am also currently obsessed with Overwatch, so I'll wreck you in that too with Mercy.

  • oldirtybaron

    I liked Indigo Prophecy, even though it got super weird after the half way point. I liked Heavy Rain, even though the plot fell apart after the big reveal. I didn’t touch Beyond Two Souls because I heard it had an awful plot and fell apart half way through.

    Despite this pattern, despite the fact that I should know better, I have to say this game looks right up my alley. It looks like LA Noire with a Deus Ex setting, and I loved both of those games.

    Here’s hoping the plot doesn’t fall apart after the half way point.

  • Robert Grosso

    If this game is a series of vignettes that have you investigate crimes without a big plot, I think it will be fine.

    I am sure a narrative will be present, but it will be the type that will likely lead to a personal mission this Connor android has to deal with. Looks really promising, hopefully gameplay is coming soon.

  • Dan

    I found it funny the tree of options still shows that in the end you only end up with 3 endings. Must have taken a page from Mass Effects book.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    It definitely looks interesting and if it wasn’t a David Cage game I’d be really interested. Given that it’s a David Cage game, I’m expecting wooden dialogue and a story that crumbles part way into the game, plus game play that essentially consists of QTEs.

  • Matthew Arrojas

    Although I like this idea, judging from the reveal trailer for the game last October, it seems that Connor won’t be the only protagonist. And whenever there’s two protagonists in a game, there’s almost always a point in the game where their stories will cross. That’s when things tend to get messy.

  • webkilla

    looks fun – multiple-ending style gameplay – neat. Now if it only came for PC…