Quantic Dream has a habit of creating games that cause a bit of controversy, and Detroit: Become Human is no different. The upcoming interactive story title is attempting to tackle the concept of an android revolution, with you playing as a selection of the aforementioned robots in disguise. Will you selflessly sacrifice to serve and protect your human creators, or will you embrace your individuality as an intelligent creation?

Fast facts:

  • Detroit: Become Human PS4 release date: May 25, 2018
  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Format: PS4

The first few trailers focused on rooftop hostages and the actual uprising, but Quantic Dream’s Paris Games Week trailer actually delved headfirst into the topic of domestic abuse. The new trailer from Sony shows Kara, the android who seems to be developing forbidden emotions and self-determination, in her role as a domestic worker and nanny. At least, that’s what she’s supposed to be. Depending on player choices, she could disobey her master to save a little girl’s life, or seemingly end up back on the scrap heap. Domestic abuse and dead kids already? Quantic Dreams never has been one to steer away from upsetting subjects.

Take a look at the latest trailer below, and read on for everything else we know about Detroit: Become Human.

Detroit: Become Human release date is spring 2018

Spring 2018 is coming right up, but Sony isn’t willing to get any more specific about Detroit: Become Human’s release date right now. Assuming that window doesn’t slip, Detroit will follow not too long after God of War is released in early 2018. It will be a good few months to own a PS4.

Detroit: Become Human trailer introduces you to Kara

The reveal trailer for Detroit: Become Human introduces Kara, an android in a near future where her kind are mass-produced. We see scenes of high-tech industry, dilapidated homes, and Detroit landmarks (like that giant statue of Joe Louis’ fist) before witnessing Kara’s construction, and it quickly becomes apparent that there’s something different about her. While most other androids placidly accept their roles as servants and commodities, Kara wants “to hope, to love, to live”. And her message seems to be stirring new emotions in the other androids, which the powers that be probably aren’t thrilled about.

In fact, before there was Detroit, there was Kara. Quantic Dream put together this prototype to show the range of emotions it could portray on PS3 hardware and the response was positive enough that the short eventually inspired its next project.

Detroit: Become Human gameplay looks familiar

If you’ve experienced Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls, you already have a good idea of how Detroit: Become Human will play. In certain exploratory scenes you’ll be free to maneuver your character around environments, pressing buttons to observe or interact with points of interest. Dialogue scenes will let you broach different topics or respond in different tones based on floating button prompts. The things you do and say across every scene will influence the rest of the game’s events. A missed detail could derail a tense situation, for instance, and the resolution to that conflict will alter the wider plot.

Detroit: Become Human actors and characters have been revealed

There are two confirmed playable characters for Detroit: Become Human so far. First up is Kara, the rebellious android from the reveal trailer. Yes, she looks a bit like Jennifer Lawrence, no, she isn’t actually played by the Hunger Games star. Her actress is Valorie Curry, who you may remember as the purple-haired local from the new Blair Witch. The other confirmed character is Connor, a single-minded crisis negotiator who also happens to be an android. Connor is played by Bryan Dechart who (according to IMDb) grew up in the Detroit area himself. So hopefully he’ll be able to pronounce pączki and say “Big Beaver Road” without laughing. I mean, assuming that comes up.

Quantic Dream has teased that there may be more playable characters than these two. And that sounds pretty likely, since the story will continue even if you get one of them killed (just like in Heavy Rain). We don’t know who these additional characters might be yet, but we do know you will only play as androids.

Detroit: Become Human’s story may be too close for comfort

Why only play as androids? Quantic Dream wants to steer away from tired ‘robot apocalypse’ sci-fi tropes where the humans are the good guys and the machines are the bad guys. In Detroit: Become Human, it’s the other way around. Admittedly, there have been plenty of sci-fi stories about robots suffering under human oppression too, but another wouldn’t hurt.

The best sci-fi gives us new perspective on real-life issues, and it’s apparent that Detroit: Become Human will reference the interwoven problems that have plagued the Motor City for decades: automation driving rampant unemployment, and the uneven effects of economic booms and busts as magnified by a deep racial divide, to name a few. It remains to be seen whether Quantic Dream will use its near-future fiction to explore these issues in a thoughtful way or simply sample them as set dressing.

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