Come this Summer, news of the next console generation will be upon us. This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo is likely to erupt with announcements of new tech, and more importantly, new games.
In the past few months alone we’ve been bombarded with speculative reports and forum banter surrounding hardware specifications yet solid details on Microsoft and Sony’s first-party line-ups are few and far between.
However, the silence may have finally been broken thanks to a feat of e-sleuthing by Kotaku’s Superannuation. Digging through domain registration records, they able to connect Parisian studio, Quantic Dream, to the URL “www.singularityps4.com”.
It’s not exactly the sharpest URL though, looking back at previous registrations, the Fahrenheit developer did exactly the same with “beyondps3.com” and “heavyrainps3.com”.
Despite having a potential working title for the studio’s supposed next-gen title, for obvious reasons, there’s little else to go on. Or so you would think.
Last year Quantic Dream teased fans with the release of “KARA”, a stunning concept video running in real-time on PlayStation 3 hardware. Not only did it look gorgeous the concept reel also exhibited Quantic Dream’s trademark approach to emotional story-telling, even if it was only seven minutes long. The downside however was that Quantic Dream seemingly put KARA to bed with its subsequent announcement of PlayStation exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls.
However, looking back on interviews with David Cage, Superannuation picked out a number of quotes which could indicate otherwise. Much of the inspiration behind KARA came from a book penned by American author Ray Kurzweil, centred around humanity’s gradual integration with robotics and nano-technology. That book was titled The Singulaity Is Near. It may seem like a long shot to some, though the evidence is certainly credible.
Looking back at KARA, it’s hard to imagine how such a concept would work when translated into an actual video game, though Quantic Dream have achieved such feats with previous games in the past. If Singularity were to become a reality, it would also confirm that Sony will remain committed to creating a diverse stable of games despite the obvious risks.