Quantic Dream’s David Cage has said that PS3 exclusive Beyond, the follow-up to Heavy Rain, will stay exclusive – he has “no plan” to update it for the PS4, expected to release just months after the game.
Indeed, speaking with GameKult (and translated by GAF, here) Cage added that the studio discovered early on that what they “developed on PlayStation 4 would be useful for PlayStation 3”, suggesting quite the reverse.
“We started to develop on PlayStation 4 a number of ‘next-gen’ features,” he said, “and we were saying ‘we can’t do that on PS3’ but after thinking, it was doable for PlayStation 3, maybe not as well [as on PS4], as pretty or as finished as the PlayStation 4, but feasible.”
“Beyond’s engine was able to take advantage of this twofold development by getting a number of [next-gen] features,” Cage added.
“What we see of the PlayStation 4 is that it is so powerful, which allows us to do so many things, there will necessarily be an inflation of budgets,” he said with regards to costs of developing a next-gen game, something that’s sure to increase next-gen.
“We have to be able to anticipate, and this is not a bad thing, since we create experiences that have real value and affect a wider audience.”
“We will have to reach profitability with these higher budgets, but if we’re going to do amazing things with this next generation of consoles, I doubt we can do it with a PlayStation 3 [game] budget.”
The article also teases a multiplayer mode. Beyond is out this Autumn, only on PlayStation 3. For now.