Quantic Dream's "The Dark Sorcerer"


Quantic Dream, the company behind the video game "Heavy Rain," has made available the entire PlayStation 4 tech demo shown at the E3 conference. Some of you may recognise this company name from their demo last year, Kara.

Quantic Dream's David Cage explained how challenging it was to create a tech demo that also works as a comedy.

Making people feel fear is actually fairly simple. Creep up behind someone without a sound and suddenly shout, and you’ll startle them. Moving people by telling a sad story is more difficult, but if you have a moving story and you tell it the right way, you can manage to move your listeners.The problem with comedy is that you need a good story, pacing, and talented actors in order to get even a smile from your audience.
— David Cage, Quantic Dream

The graphics are simply amazing, with a little less than a million polygons per character on the screen and another million polygons for the set. Each character has roughly 350 MB of textures and 40 different shaders (EACH!!). Some of the technologies used to make the demo so realistic were Physically Based Shaders, volumetric lights, full HDR, Color Grading, Physical Lenses and translucence.

Cage states that with the processing power the PS4 has, that they are nearing the graphic quality in CG films. Make sure you check out the full blog by David Cage here, as it is actually incredibly fascinating! Check out the full feature below and, always, let us know you thoughts in the comments!