The Dark Sorcerer: watch full 12 minute PS4 tech demo now

Tuesday, 11th June 2013 23:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Dark Sorcerer is indeed a tech demo for the PlayStation 4, much like the famous Kara. Quantic Dream has released the full 12 minute short, and David Cage has explained his genre jump to comedy.

The Dark Sorcerer debuted during Sony’s E3 conference but the full version is below; the short stars David Gant, Carl Payne and Christian Eriksen – who has been in every David Cage game since Omnikron – and David Gasman.

The set in The Dark Sorcerer is composed of about 1 million polygons. Each character contains just under 1 million polygons, 350MB of textures, and around 40 shaders. The demo uses Physically Based Shaders, volumetric lights, full HDR, Color Grading, Physical Lenses and translucence to render skin. Changes in lighting are rendered in real time, including during the “special effects”.

In a lengthy post on the PlayStation Blog, Cage said The Dark Sorcerer follows in the footsteps of The Casting and Kara as an attempt to harness the power of consoles in order to render realistic emotion.

Cage said Kara showed Quantic Dream it was well on its way to achieving that goal, and taught the team that the actor’s performance is important; it’s one of the reasons it pursued Ellen page and William defoe for the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls.

To challenge itself with its next demo, Quantic Dream decided to tackle comedy, which is not universa the way fear and love are. By using non-human characters, Quantic Dream had to adapt its technology, too.

“The graphic quality obtained with relatively little effort was a spectacular improvement on PS3,” Cage said.

“We obviously expected this, going from the tech specs, but it’s one thing comparing the number of polygons per second, and it’s quite another seeing it on the screen.

“On PS4 everything looks great because the machine offers power that was totally inaccessible up until now. We can feel that we are closing in little by little on the kind of graphic quality we find in CG films.

“The PS4 engine used for The Dark Sorcerer is only in its first iteration and most of the features scheduled for the final version of the engine haven’t yet been implemented. This demo is only a first test that is well below the visual quality we hope to achieve in our next game.”

Which will be totally unrelated to this standalone film, by the way.



  1. Beta

    Awesome, giving it a watch now. Thanks Brenna :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ps3fanboy

    that tech demo look so awesome!… and yes i pre-ordered a ps4 just now :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. mkotechno

    Ahajaj what a crazy video.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Hcw87

    Even beats Diablo 3 cutscenes.

    Anyway, lets hope it’ll be an actual game, unlike Heavy Rain/Beyond Two Souls. Would really like graphics like that in an Elder Scrolls game for example. But that’s just grasping.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Rikki

    That is a really nice Tech Demo, Quantic Dream’s Demos have always been really good.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Mus42

    I think Uwe Boll has some competition from Mr Cage…..

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Beta

    I loved that! :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Bomba Luigi

    Looks really, really good – but its a Tech Demo. When a Game looks like that, we can talk.

    But Humor is great, really a fun thing to watch.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. MisterNobody

    David Cage is the worst personality in gaming. He’s surrounded by sycophants who praise his shoddy, insulting stories and plotholes and his lazy “gameplay” that consists of “press x Jason”.

    I really, really don’t trust his ability to foster anything resembling comedy anymore than I would trust him to not plagiarize 90% of his game’s plots from the Matrix or Twin Peaks.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. MadFingerz

    “plagiarize 90% of his game’s plots from the Matrix or Twin Peaks.”

    You sure you aren’t thinking about Remedy?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. xxJPRACERxx

    Glad we’re talking about this. I thought this was the best thing in the Sony conference and wondered why nobody talked about it.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight


    Its a tech demo, not a game. Its showing off a skin shader, which looks fantastic.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. pandulce1

    Fantastic. Loved it.

    #13 2 years ago

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