Beyond: Two Souls Has No ‘Game Over’ Screen, Even If Jodie Dies

David Cage has been talking Beyond: Two Souls at Gamescom, revealing that in the game there will be no “game over” screen; even if Beyond’s protagonist, Jodie Holmes, dies the narrative will still continue.

Speaking to JoyStiq Cage said “I’ve always felt that ‘game over’ is a state of failure more for the game designer than from the player.. .It’s like creating an artificial loop saying, ‘You didn’t play the game the way I wanted you to play, so now you’re punished and you’re going to come back and play it again until you do what I want you to do.'” He further added that this “doesn’t make any sense” in a story-driven experience.

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This is very similar to Quantic Dream’s previous game, Heavy Rain, which offered many alternative paths if players failed, or even died.

When questioned on what happens if Jodie dies in Beyond Cage replied “It’s a game about death, so you can imagine that death plays a role in all of this”. More interestingly he added that “it’s one of the big discoveries – one of the big mysteries in the game is to discover what’s on the other side. And it’s definitely not a black screen”.

Earlier this week Cage also announced that local co-op would feature, and to attract the more casual gamer, Beyond would be available to play on iOS and Android touch screen devices.

I’ve had Beyond: Two Souls pre-ordered for months now as it is my most eagerly awaited title on the PS3. Beyond stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, and will be releasing on the 11th of October.

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8 Comments

  1. Sounds…. bizarre. Cool premise but I cannot help but feel this would have been better as a low-budget movie than an actual game (similar to how I felt about Heavy Rain to be fair)

  2. Love the idea of it not being “over” as such. Especially when we’re usually presented with a definitive PRESS X TO RETRY. :-)

  3. Intriguing, I wonder if you get to see Aiden properly if you die.

  4. Think I’m gonna give this a miss actually. Was very disappointed with heavy rain. For a game that relied heavily on story there was some major plot holes in it.

  5. Amazon have the limited edition steelbook version on sale for £32

    • Good spot! GTA V is also £34.99. I think MG Rising is slipping down my list…

    • Thanks for the heads up. I have now preordered it. Looking forward to it. Seems silly to be getting a ps3 game so close to the ps4 launch, but I’ll make an exception for this

      • I don’t think it seems silly at all. I’m getting a PS4 on launch day (preordered, paid for and proud of it ;) ) but I think the PS3 is still going to be a valid system for some time yet. If memory serves me correctly Sony only stopped support and manufacture of the PS2 in January of this year so I’d be willing to bet the PS3 is going to be around for years yet. I’ll be getting Beyond and GTA4 at the very least.

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