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Quantic Dream "Categorically Refused" Gun-Toting Cover Art

Matt Gardner
Beyond: Two Souls, Cover art, Ellen Page, Guillaume de Fondaumière, Guns, Quantic Dream

Quantic Dream "Categorically Refused" Gun-Toting Cover Art

Beyond: Two Souls is not what you'd call a balls-out action title, and Quantic Dream are keen not to have it portrayed as such in any fashion.  When pitched the idea of having Ellen Page's character hold a gun on the front cover, co-founder and executive producer Guillaume de Fondaumière said that the team "categorically refused”.

"Indeed, there is some action in Beyond," said Fondaumière, talking to Gamespot. "But if we, for instance, put a pack art that's solely featuring action, first of all it's not going to be truthful to what the game is and then, your wife for instance, is not going to feel attracted to this. She'll say 'ok, well that's not unique, it's one of your video games.'

"So yes, we need to be careful and to make sure that whenever we communicate on this game, whenever we market it, that we manage to get across this variety in themes and this uniqueness that the project beholds.

"It's kind of natural for agencies, you know, who are far away from the project, to pitch you different things. 'It's a video game? Okay, it needs to have a gun otherwise it's not even a game.' But our job, with David [Cage], is to make sure that everyone understands what is specific about this game and to make sure that we have the right pack shot, and the right imagery supporting the project, and the right image is being communicated to the public."

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mminghella  Mar. 22, 2013 at 12:37

Good on them. I was browing blu-rays recently and was really quite shocked to see the number of films that had weapons (mainly guns) as an integral part of the cover art. I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but it really jumped out as obvious when I was looking

stevenjameshyde  Mar. 22, 2013 at 12:46

@mminghella - were you browsing the Steven Seagal section by any chance?

davidpanik  Mar. 22, 2013 at 12:56

I think that's a fair observation about guns on movie covers as well. Just look at the latest Star Trek movie poster:


All three of the main characters are holding guns. When has Star Trek ever been about guns? (Particularly in the case of Spock and Uhura).

Quietus  Mar. 22, 2013 at 13:02

Star Trek: Since it sells.

Creators now have an audience that are much more acquainted with violence, and it means they can now create such films and games without fear of censorship. Bond is a great example. The recent Bond films are very well received, especially by bond fans, and it's primarily down to the fact that they can now make Bond much more vengeful and gritty, instead of the squeaky-clean good guy image of yesteryear.

I'm not saying it's good or bad, but that it's easy to see why they do it.

mminghella  Mar. 22, 2013 at 13:06

@mminghella - were you browsing the Steven Seagal section by any chance?
No, Disney ;)

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