Beyond: Two Souls, whose box artwork you can lovingly gaze upon here, has been described by Sony’s Derek Osgood as “sophisticated, mature and different from most traditional game packaging.”
“We worked together with the team at Quantic Dream to choose an image that we felt was both cinematic and in keeping with the emotional journey that the final game will take you on,” said Osgood speaking on the PlayStation Blog.
It seems that selecting a single image for a game that spans multiple timescales and situations was a tricky prospect for the team. “What age do we want Jodie to be in the image? Do we include co-star Willem Dafoe? Do you show Jodie doing something dynamic or do we show her more at peace?”
“The image of Jodie at peace in the eye of the storm really speaks to her constant battle with the incredible gift she’s been given,” he added.
There’s the arguement that that particular pose and angle has been used several times before by PlayStation in key art, and so there’s the natural continuation of the brand over the months, but it is evocative and does represent a departure from a lot of me-too boxart littering the shelves.
Beyond, from the same studio as Heavy Rain, will be released this October for PlayStation 3.