Detroit: Become Human
Detroit: Become Human is an interactive drama action-adventure video game developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment exclusively for PlayStation 4
Detroit: Become Human is the fifth game of Quantic Dream, masters of the interactive drama genre. Almost all their games (except the first, Omikron: The Nomad Soul) remind perfectly staged films, in which the character’s choice influences the story. The previous Quantic Dream game, Beyond: Two Souls, was critically acclaimed by the press and fans, that is why many believe that Detroit: Become Human is the last chance for Quantic Dream to save themselves.
The idea was born after a tech demo with android Kara — a human’s look-alike girl who becomes aware of herself just during the assembly. Thus was born the world of 2038 — very similar to ours but inhabited not only by people but androids as well. The latter are used as domestic help, workforce and even for amusement.
There are three main characters in Detroit: Become Human, and all of them are androids. The case of Kara is not unique — more and more androids are getting conscious of themselves becoming so-called deviants. Androids are struggling for their rights, while the authorities and common people resist these changes.
The second main character is Markus — one of the leaders of the uprising. When playing as him, players will often have to disobey. The violence of Markus’ actions will influence the ferocity of the Android revolution. Finally, Connor, the last protagonist, is a ‘’good’’ android who works for people as a detective investigating the cases of deviants.
Gameplay-wise, Detroit: Become Human is very much similar to Quantic Dream previous games. Every fragment of the game is an interactive scene, whose development depends on the player. In the game, you explore locations searching for necessary evidence and items, talk to people and make decisions. According to the developers, each situation has 7 or 8 possible outcomes, which influence the main storyline on a global scale. For example, when Connor is trying to save a child from the android-terrorist, this may end up in killing the android or successful negotiations. The child may even die, but the game will continue. Moreover, players can lose the main characters during certain episodes and keep on playing. Virtually, you can’t lose in Detroit: Become Human, although each person will have their own development of the story.