Beyond: Two Souls is an interactive drama action-adventure video game only for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 home video game consoles, developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, released in October 2013. The game emphasizes Jodie Holmes, one of the two player personalities. The other is an eternal entity named Aiden: a separate soul linked to Jodie since the beginning.
Jodie, who is portrayed by actress Ellen Page, holds supernatural powers through her intellectual link to Aiden, growing from teens to adulthood while learning to control Aiden and the skills they share. Willem Dafoe co-stars as Nathan Dawkins, a researcher in the Department of Paranormal Activity and Jodie’s surrogate-father-figure. The actors in the game worked during the year-long project in Quantic Dream’s Paris studio to play on-set voice acting and motion-capture acting.
Despite being a video game, Beyond: Two Souls premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, marking only the second time the film festival acknowledged a video game. David Cage, a writer, and director of the game described that game development studio should provide “interactive storytelling” that can be imagined by everyone, including non-gamers.
The game received significant polarized reception upon its release. Sales stood over one million copies two months after its worldwide release by the end of 2013. Two years later, a PlayStation 4 version was published, both as a standalone title and then in the Quantic Dream Collection with the 2010 title Heavy Rain.