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Quantic Dream Probably Won't Restrict Use of the PS4 Controller's Share Button

Posted by Sammy Barker

Developer wants to encourage discussion

In an effort to avoid spoilers, developers will supposedly be able to restrict when and where you can use the PlayStation 4’s vaunted Share button. Speaking with Japanese publication over the weekend, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida explained that “there will be parts of a game that the maker does not want people to be able to see”. However, this is not something that Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream is particularly concerned about.

“We want that ‘water cooler effect’,” company gaffer David Cage told Kotaku at the Tribeca Film Festival. “We had it on Heavy Rain. People talked about it, and they said, ‘I did this. What did you do?’ The only difference is that now they will be able to capture and share it with their friends. That’s fine. People bought the game. They are free to enjoy it the way that they want.”

Despite this, Cage believes that it’s still best if people experience the title naturally first. “My recommendation would be to really play the game on your own, hopefully without going back and talking too much to other people as you play,” he said. “Just keep the experience unique.”

Quantic Dream is currently applying the finishing touches to Beyond: Two Souls, in addition to polishing up pre-production on its first PS4 project. Very little is known about the game, but it has been in development for almost two years. There's been some speculation that the next generation title may be based on Ray Kurzweil’s novel The Singularity Is Near, which depicts a vision of the future similar to the company’s Kara technology demo.


User Comments (3)



ViciousDS said:

to be honest, I wonder how the live streaming portion would work since wouldn't it be a share feature as well? I could imagine watching a live stream and the screen just goes black for 15 minutes comes back and the credits are rolling because the dev didnt want you to see the last 15 minutes HAHAHAHA......omg it would totally make all the features of the live stream or share feature pointless.



Scrible said:

Why are they soooo worried about spoiler alerts inn the age of the internet where any video can be found, if you don't won't it to be spoiled, don't watch what someone share, so ridiculous



Ginkgo said:

Yeah agree. Blocking the share button for certain parts of games is pointless. it won't stop anybody. There is no share button today, and people still record their games and post online. The only thing it would achieve is to annoy people.

The vast majority of people who post spoilers, tag them clearly as spoilers. People can then make an informed decision to watch or not. The whole concept is flawed, and QuanticDream has the right idea.

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