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David Cage: Auteurs Essential 'If This Industry Wants To Mature And Evolve'

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David Cage: Auteurs Essential 'If This Industry Wants To Mature And Evolve'

Speaking with an official Playstation Blog respresentative after the BAFTAs, David Cage was unequivocal in his assertion that the games industry needs auteurs and creative, visionary individuals to take control, that strong individual artistic vision is absolutely vital to the continued growth of the gaming industry.

'[Auteur theory] must be applied to games – there is no other way. If this industry wants to mature and evolve then we need to talk about emotions and work on stories that appeal to all people, not just hardcore gamers between the ages of 15 and 17. We have a much wider market out there just waiting to interact if we can go to them with the right ideas.

'I know no good stories written by 50 people. A story is something emotional; something personal that you want to share and it is strongly linked to your own life and experiences. We need auteurs and the biggest problem in this industry is that we don’t trust them – we trust programmers instead. Auteurs are scary because they come back with ideas, but that is exactly what this industry should be about.'

Heavy Rain nabbed itself three of the coveted awards this year, for technical innovation, original music and best story, and Cage also handed out a few tidbits about what the next project might hold for Quantic Dream:

'For our next project we’re going to build on what we have discovered with Heavy Rain. We own this genre of Interactive Drama and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence; it is something that makes sense and we can build on it.

'At the same time, we will not make a sequel and I made that very clear from the beginning, regardless of whether the game was a success or a failure, because I wanted to show that this is a new genre that you can use to tell any kind of story, in any style.

'We’re going to be exploring a different direction, which will still be very dark and still for adults, but completely different to Heavy Rain. Our challenge is to satisfy our fans, and also surprise them.'

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