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Quantic Dream shows incredible tech demo Kara

Wednesday, 7 March 2012 22:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

As promised this morning, Quantic Dream has aired a new tech demo, codenamed Kara, from GDC that will set up the foundations for its next project.

Quantic Dream unveils Kara tech demo at GDC. This looks absolutely incredible.

The demo introduces a recently-built android known as Kara as she’s assembled and checked before showing unusual behaviour and is dissembled. The video continues seeing her pleading for her life.

The tech is running in real time on a PlayStation 3, although isn’t directly taken from a project currently in development at the French developer. Rather, it’s a pointer in a similar vein to The Casting tech demo that showed us what effectively became Heavy Rain.

The demo was first shown as part of a GDC session hosted by Quantic co-founder David Cage.

You can watch it above right now, via Eurogamer.

Speaking with the site, Cage admitted that the demo, running from a completely new engine compared to the technology used for Heavy Rain, was finished a year ago. The new engine, according to Cage, only has 50% of its features right now.

“There are people doing more interesting things or different things, perhaps, but I feel we’re pretty alone in what we’re trying to explore,” he said, referring to whatever project the company does have coming next.

“What we’re trying to create is really interactive entertainment for an adult audience. We don’t pretend that we’re cleverer than anyone else – but there are so many games out there that provide limited entertainment, and we try to make something for a more mature audience.”

The next Quantic project will be exclusive to Sony.

We’ll have an interview with Cage going live tomorrow afternoon.

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37 Comments

  1. Lloytron

    Cool! Lets hope that this time they remember to focus on gameplay rather than just the technology.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Cormac

    That was pretty incredible I hope the new game as good voice acting as that. HR’s was terrible mostly.

    and also, does david cage have a fettish for skinny white weman with short hair naked?

    just kiddin’ cant wait to see more about whatever they are working on.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. xino

    cool.
    but it looks like Heavy Rain but with more fluid on movement and animation, that’s the only and major difference. Heavy Rain still looks good and amazing.

    Since it’s a cutscene I wonder how the movement animation will be fluid during gameplay.

    it was moving.

    @2
    i like women with short hair, very nice and sexy.
    You only get those types in France, and David Cage is french so now you know why he choose that type of female character.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. osric90

    Heavy Rain was a truly complete experience. It’ll be hard to make it better for Quantic Dream… but I said that before and I was wrong so, bring it on.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    Umm… wow.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. absolutezero

    Oh hey that was actually really good, it felt like Cage has actually gotten himself an editor to keep him in line.

    I know its more about the tech but im more interested in that story and World.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DSB

    That was nothing short of amazing.

    @6 I completely agree. I’m not much for the whole “Watch a movie – Do a quicktime event while you do” concept, but that sort of pathos is something most games sorely miss.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    Yes this was impressive, but is it really that much better than Heavy Rain? I highly doubt that. And i don’t know, but i just really really dislike how a otherwise pretty woman looks with short hair. Just like the lady in Heavy Rain, that hairdo was absolutely horrible, lol.

    Either way, i hope it’s going to be used for more than just one game though. And as much as i enjoyed Heavy Rain, a game with a bit more gameplay would be good this time though.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. xxJPRACERxx

    Nice, but I think the main engines (Unreal, Frosbite and Cry Engine) can easily do the same, it’s just they don’t put their focus on it.

    Just watch some Cry Engine facial demos, they look on par/better than this. Or Enslaved.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    I’m not impressed at all. While her animations are fantastic, her lips are not exactly accurate when it comes to speaking.

    Also, Cryengine 3.0 has by far more impressive demo with facial animation or Nvidia’s latest tech also is jaw dropping or Unreal Tech demo with Samaritan.

    also, i’m not so sure that it is the right time to do a PS3 game for PS3. Heavy Rain was… Well, below 30 frames per second, but it was amazing at that time.

    but so far, it’s cool, but i’m not impressed to be honest. It’s a good work, but it’s not a technology advanced facial animation.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Sini

    He didn’t check fucking, the number one reason why this would ever go commercial in real life.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. jdfoster00

    @10 … You’re forgetting this is 1 year old tech… (plus it runs on ps3 unlike Unreal tech with Samaritan… For ps3.. this is amazing.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Colin Gallacher

    JASON…JAAAASON. :D

    Anyway, that was amazing. The movements looked…just natural.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Erthazus

    @12, For PS2 something like God Of War 2 is amazing too, but i’m looking in to the future, so i’m just not impressed.

    I was impressed by Heavy Rain demo for PS3 at that time (2006): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGmos84ezdQ

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Telepathic.Geometry

    That was a pretty nice short movie in and of itself. Interested to see where the game goes. I really liked Heavy Rain, I had never played anything else like it when I first played it. That goes a long way with me.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. jdfoster00

    @Erthazus @10 “Kara’s the very first thing we’ve done with this brand new engine, so it’s not optimized – it’s got 50% of the features that we have right now, as Kara was done a year ago.” from David Cage

    So there’s more – holy ….

    (Beautiful this is too http://i.minus.com/ilG8l9DdWgsap.gif

    #16 3 years ago
  17. PsychoboyUK

    one word to describe this piece WOW!! David Cage and Quantic have done it again.

    Will be great to see where they take this!! After seeing the HR “Audition” video in 2006 I had the same reaction!!! I for one am not afraid to say while watching this I choked up a bit and a tear hit my eye!

    Please Quantic please make this one as good as HR!!! Thanks for the vid guys :)

    #17 3 years ago
  18. diego-rbb-93

    Its amazing, but its also a signal about PS3 Full Power already seen.

    Uncharted 3 did all what it could. I´m not hoping to see again a new jump on graphics, as I think Ps3 have already arrived to the highest graphic level possible.

    I feel more impresionated about the film quality of this demo rather than the graphics, which are astonishing, but not so much as the first time I saw Heavy Rain running.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. loveaya

    This is what a X360 player can never enjoy~

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Erthazus

    @18, completely agree. I’m really impressed by the emotion, but not with the technology.

    Heavy Rain demo in 2006 was a jaw dropping at that time.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. KAP

    My god!
    That was amazing, truly astounding. Reminded me of the intro scene to Ghost in the Shell.
    I love QD because they try to do something not many other developers try to do.
    I appreciate them for that. I’d take a Heavy Rain over a COD or Halo any day of the week.
    David Cage, you the man!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Night Hunter

    Aside from the fact that I hate David Cage because he is a self absorbed and condescending bastard this really is impressive. Maybe not on the technical side but I would really like to see this as a real game, it’s high time we let real actors do the work ;)

    #22 3 years ago
  23. LOLshock94

    That was actually pretty terrible… and cage was the guy who said he had better tech then the la noire devs…the cheek.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. absolutezero

    To be fair that looks a fuckload better than the creepy dead eye’d LA Noire freakshow.

    Oh god facial ticks so bad because im lying, I actually can’t control my face.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. LOLshock94

    Seems like cage is trying to attract the WOW community by having a robot woman who cleans and has sex….BA DUM TSS

    #25 3 years ago
  26. LOLshock94

    P.S cage is so original he didn’t copy the script on irobot. guy cant write for shizzles

    #26 3 years ago
  27. No_PUDding

    If Heavy Rain had more conventional 3rd person character control mechanics, I’d have loved it. Maybe an aiming control, for guns or torchlights.

    There was something incredibly tactile and satisfying about the reciprocity the game demonstrates regarding even the most minor actions.

    Everything is acknowledged, and everything has an impact. It’s time consuming to write I imagine, but it for me was so engaging it allowed me to see past the middling-to-awful story, down-right crap voice acting, clunky animation and strange sci-fi directions.

    Hopefully the next game is sci-fi upfront, so nothing can be questioned in that regard.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. TD_Monstrous69

    Wow…just..wow…my jaw dropped about maybe a minute into the demo. I loved Heavy Rain, and I look forward to whatever it is they’re making next, especially with the very impressive tech on display here.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. HauntaVirus

    I hope a new game from them is coming this year, they seem to have longer dev cycles though so most likely next year.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. speedxl01

    Impressive!

    And he said the demo is a year old! I’m really waiting for their next game, Heavy Rain was awesome.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. harmundo

    PC’s are more powerful than this. Im not impressed at all. Its good for a PS3 but “nothing special” for PC.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Joe Musashi

    Personally, I can’t see anything on a technical level that this footage is showing off that didn’t seem possible in Heavy Rain. Which is fine by me – I thought the level of detail (particularly in the environments) was outstanding in Heavy Rain.

    Where this does impress me is the level of humanity that comes across. Which I guess is also the message in this short story. The writing, acting and technical execution combine to really good effect.

    That combination really raised Heavy Rain above being merely a QTE game (with shockingly bad movement controls) to a compelling interactive experience that left a very strong lasting impression.

    Great stuff. Good to know there’s developers out there that are more adventurous and mature than just trying to render an M-15 at the bottom of the screen.

    JM

    #32 3 years ago
  33. Old MacDonald

    I didn’t quite understand what was so incredible about this, PS3 or not. It’s just a tech demo, and it doesn’t really show anything we haven’t already seen in Heavy Rain or LA Noire. It’s more refined maybe.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. ManuOtaku

    I hope this new game is more like indigo prohecy and/or omikron rather than heavy rain, dont get me wrong i did like heavy rain, especially the story , but i want more traditional gameplay input on their next game, like their former,previous mentioned games,at least a mixture between the three games, perhaps.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. The_Red

    Mind… Blown… dead. Fuck me, that was unexpected. I don’t care about the graphics or the game, it was a really sweet short movie.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. HeavyD-Love

    I’ll put it simply…

    Whatever game Quantic Dream releases next is going to get my money.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. revolting

    Emotionally, that was very stirring, and the setting seems really interesting, too. However, as others have pointed out, the Heavy Rain tech demo was also amazing, far more so than the finished product turned out to be. This Kara thing is definitely intriguing, and no doubt I’ll pick it up and be wowed by it, but I just hope that this time the game play is a bit more involving than “waggle left stick to pee, press x to flush.”

    #37 3 years ago

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    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]