Meet Quantic Dream’s ‘Kara’

It's not an actual game but it's a damn impressive and emotional tech demo.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris


Yesterday at the Game Developer's Conference, Quantic Dream debuted their latest graphics engine using a tech demo called "Kara." Studio writer and director David Cage spearheaded the demonstration, making sure to get the point across that "Kara" is not a game currently in development at Quantic, but is instead just a exhibition of where the company's at in terms of technology. From watching the 7-minute short that's pasted below, it's clear that Quantic Dream is ahead of the curve. Maybe this is why Cage said the tech behind L.A. Noire was a "dead end."

Kara does a fabulous job showing the leap in technology that Quantic Dream has been able to harness between their previous effort, Heavy Rain, and now. According to Cage, this new technology not only captures authentic facial animation, but also body language and voice. 

I think the final words uttered in the short video do a bang-up job expressing our sentiments for Quantic's new tech — "My God."