It’s often the case that some of the final blockbuster games released for a console push it in ways that no one thought possible at the beginning of that system’s cycle. Quantic Dream’s new PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls is such a title, and director David Cage recently revealed that the game’s engine was inspired by many of the next-gen graphical features the studio was exposed to through working with the PS4 over the past few years.
Speaking to TechRadar, Cage elaborated on how working with Sony’s next-gen console informed some of the graphical effects you see in Beyond: Two Souls:
“We were pretty happy with the Heavy Rain engine but we thought we could go further so we started everything from scratch and developed this new engine which was inspired by what we discovered on PlayStation 4.
“So we were were able to implement some PlayStation 4 features on PlayStation 3 which made the game look much better. New special effects engine, new animation engine, new performance capture. It’s the first game where we’re shooting full performance capture.”
Homing in on the game’s impressive lighting model, Cage said:
“This is actually something that comes from the Playstation 4. It’s called physically based shading, which means that the different materials have different ways of reflecting light. So if you take wood or iron or plastic, the way they reflect light is totally different. And before this feature all materials were reflecting light the same way.”
Moving onto one of the cinematic techniques supported by Beyond: Two Souls’ engine, Cage explained:
“Bokeh is the way light behaves in depth of field. Lights are deformed in a very specific way by the depth of field. It really brings another level of realism because this is the kind of visual that you see in movies. Depth of field was significantly improved. So it definitely also helps what we call the skin shaders, how the skin reacts to light, with the translucency.”
Beyond: Two Souls is out now worldwide. Don’t miss El33tonline’s extensive coverage of the game for more screenshots, trailers and information.
Also be sure to read our recent preview of Beyond: Two Souls from gamescom to get an in-depth look at Quantic Dream’s latest interactive adventure.