Neo-noir thriller Detroit: Become Human is coming to PlayStation 4 on May 25, Quantic Dream has announced.
Set in a dystopian vision of our near future, Detroit is the story of three androids designed to obey, who start to feel emotions. Confronted with persecution and the violence of society, they will all have to decide who they want to be.
Connor is a prototype designed to help human investigators on cases involving androids; Kara becomes a fugitive by empathizing with a little girl, united in their dream of freedom; Markus will become the leader of the android revolution.
The player controls all three in turn, taking control of their destinies, and telling not only their individual stories, but also the story of their people and of their world.
According to Quantic boss David Cage, Detroit is by far the most ambitious title ever created by his studio.
"Your actions have real and spectacular consequences: there are entire scenes that you can see or miss based on your actions, your closest allies may help you until the end or die just after you meet them, your destiny itself can be totally different depending on your choices," Cage wrote.
"You must also be very careful with your three main characters, because any of them may die at any time."
Cage claims each playthrough of the game will be unique because "all choices matter", and in the most David Cage of David Cage statements, he added "you will need to observe, think, decide, feel, follow your intuition or your heart".
Despite Cage's earlier claims that the game had nothing political to say, he now reckons Detroit explores "many complex themes that resonate with today’s world". In a shocking turn of events for a game about androids subtitled "become human", it will apparently explore what it means to be human.
"We hope that it sparks some meaningful conversations and we’re looking forward to hearing what you think about it," he wrote.
Earlier this year, Quantic Dream was in the headlines after former employees claimed that inappropriate behaviour, sexism, and homophobia were all commonplace at the Heavy Rain developer – a charge Cage vehemently denied while seated in front of a large picture of a dick and balls farting (yes, actually).