'Not Everybody Was Born With A Controller In Their Hands'
David Cage has revealed that upcoming PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls can be controlled via a linked iOS and Android smartphone or tablet.
Quantic Dream confirmed that they were working on a companion app some time ago, which was believed to offer some basic ways for a second player to interact with the game by controlling the ghostly Aiden entity. However, Cage confirmed that this app can in fact be used to replace a traditional controller during a Eurogamer Expo session, allowing you to complete the entirety of the singleplayer campaign by swiping and tapping a touchscreen.
Cage explained that it's designed to increase accessibility, both streamlining and simplifying the controls to allow a greater number of players of differing skill levels to get involved. Apparently this was a key concern after releasing Heavy Rain, since many players suggested that they completed the game with someone watching, who would have liked to try it out themselves. "Sometimes it was the girlfriend or the wife,” Cage said, “sometimes it was the friend who was not a gamer. Sometimes it was the parents or even the grandparents; there was a guy who told me he played the entire game with his grandmother.”
“It connects to the console via Wi-Fi," Cage contiued, describing the app's functionality, "and from this point you can play the entire game, in single-player if you want, just using your iPhone … just with one finger. It’s a very simplified interface [and] makes the game very passive and simple.”