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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 The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]

  • EA explains why FIFA Ultimate Team transfer prices are now platform specific

    EA has posted a blog entry explaining its FIFA Ultimate Team transfer market price ranges which now include platform-specific pricing in order to best the coin sellers. EA said it has implemented the changes to FUT over the last several weeks because it should be “fair and fun for every player,” ultimately coming to the […]

  • Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness now available

    In case you forgot, Game of Thrones: Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness was released today. It is available on Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The third episode releases on iOS devices and Android tomorrow, March 26. The Sword in the Darkness finds Asher Forrester heading to Mereen […]

  • Bloodborne players are already documenting their crazy antics

    Bloodborne has been available for almost two days now in North America, and already players are posting interesting clips and character customization choices for the game. Below are interesting takes on creating a character and videos of a frustrating death and another full of blood coming from a very painful place – monster or not. […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team celebrates sixth year in existence with giveaways

    FIFA Ultimate Team is celebrating its sixth year in existence with special events running from today until March 29. According to EA, every FUT fan will be handed one free pack every day, and those who play at least one match in the FUT Birthday Cup will have a chance to win rare “tradable In-Forms” […]

  • Halo Online is a F2P PC game in development exclusively for Russia – video

    Halo Online is a free-to-play game which will launch this spring in Russia, and is in development with Saber Interactive. According the reveal event attended by IGN Russia, the game was designed to run well on lower-end PCs and runs on a modified Halo 3 engine. The game is set on a secret UNSC space […]

  • SteamWorld Dig Xbox One release expected in late May

    SteamWorld Dig is coming to Xbox One, developer Image & Form has announced. A firm release date hasn’t been announced, but the studio expects the title to arrive on the system in late May. “We’re preparing quite an elaborate Easter egg for the Xbox One version – a gaming thing that we really wanted to […]

  • SMITE celebrating first anniversary with a sale on skins, Ultimate God Pack

    Hi-Rez Studios is celebrating the first anniversary of SMITE with a sale. From today through Friday, March 27, the Ultimate God Pack, which includes all current and future Gods, will run you $19.99. Alll individual pre-launch skins are 50% off, and all Gem Packs will award bonus gems. In addition, from March 27-29, all SMITE […]

  • Borderlands 2 has sold around 12 million copies, says Gearbox

    Speaking with Microsoft’s Major Nelson in his podcast, Gearbox Software boss Randy Pitchford stated Borderlands 2 has sold somewhere around the 12 million mark. As of August 2014, it was announced by Take-Two in its financial report the 2012 game had sold-in 10 million units. Pitchford noted in the podcast he learned of the figures […]

  • Broken Age releasing on PS4 and Vita same day as Act 2 on PC

    Double Fine Productions has announced it will release Broken Age on the PlayStation Store next month. Act 2 will also be released on PC. The full Broken Age adventure will release on PlayStation 4 and Vita on April 28 in North America and April 29 in Europe. It features cross-buy and cross-save. Broken Age Act […]

  • Star Citizen earned another $1 million within two weeks – total hits $76 million

    Star Citizen continues its funding streak with backers pumping another $1 million into the game’s development in the last two weeks. The total earned for the space sim has now reached $76 million ($76,015,532 to be exact) with 851,395 backers contributing to the staggering figure. Star Citizen’s latest update was version 1.1 which included two […]

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline top Media Create charts

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Battlefield: Hardline were the big ticket debuts during the March 16-2 period in Japan, with each game claiming the top three slots on the Media Create charts, respectively. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD moved 92,094 on PlayStation 4, while Resident Evil Revelations 2 moved 73,373 units on […]

  • You can now learn English or Spanish on Xbox One with the Rosetta App

    Want to learn English or Spanish? Rosetta Stone has an App for that on Xbox One. According to the language teaching firm, Rosetta Stone’s Discover Languages, the new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Users will virtually travel to learn vocabulary and grammar “necessary for real-world interactions.” Here’s how it works: […]

  • PayDay 2 and PayDay: The Heist have sold over 9 million units combined

    The PayDay franchise is a lucrative IP for Starbreeze and Overkill, as both games combined have sold over 9 million copies as of November 2014. The company has also sold over 8 million paid DLC packages since PayDay 2 was released in 2013 (via NeoGAF). In its Q2 half year report issued in February, net […]

  • Nintendo wants to “surprise” customers with NX, not expand upon existing hardware

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has firm wants to “surprise” players with its new NX system. Speaking in an interview with Nikkei, translated by Kotaku, Iwata wouldn’t go into details on the new system, but stated expanding on a current gaming system would be “dull.” “In the past few years, the idea of what [encompasses] a […]