Beyond: Two Souls lets players use iOS and Android devices as controllers

Beyond Touch app available for free at game's launch in October; turn-based co-op mode also confirmed.

iOS and Android owners will be able to use their touchscreen devices instead of a DualShock controller to play Beyond: Two Souls, game director David Cage confirmed today at Gamescom.

A PlayStation Vita version of the app is not currently planned.

The Beyond Touch app--which will be available for free at the game's launch in October--lets players control heroine Jodie Holmes and spiritual entity Aiden by dragging their finger across a phone or tablet's touchscreen.

A two-player turn-based co-op mode was also announced alongside the app, which lets a friend take control of Aiden at any point during the game. Aiden can be used to solve simple puzzles such as unlocking doors for Jodie, as well as more complex conundrums later in the game.

Any combination of touchscreen device and Dual Shock controller can be used for co-op play.

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Locosantez1337
Locosantez1337

Why would anyone choose a touchscreen device over a controller?

Evamorgana
Evamorgana

@Locosantez1337 

Yeah that was my immediate thought- why? I really don't get the appeal of being able to connect your other devices to your console. Why would I want to use my boring, grubby, imprecise touch screen phone to play games when I can use a solid controller that's designed for the purpose? Is it a matter of 'it's cool because we can'? Frankly, don't care. 

PrismaticRealms
PrismaticRealms

Wait.  How is this even possible?  I thought that the iOS SDK lacked the proper Bluetooth profiles to connect to a PS3.  I'm curious to know how this was done.


bbq_R0ADK1LL
bbq_R0ADK1LL

I'm honestly surprised this hasn't been implemented earlier. I know there are some pretty major differences between devices but it's good to see someone has finally done it. My second PS3 controller has stopped working & I'm not about to fork out for another one at the tail end of the generation so it's good that the barrier to entry has dropped.

Onioki
Onioki

I'm looking more forward to this than anything launching on XBOX ONE or PS4.:-)

Metallicwolf29
Metallicwolf29

I'll never forget the first interactive movie I played and enjoyed.... Squaresoft: The Bouncer.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Wait wait, let me put down this comfortable, responsive, familiar controller and pick up a touch screen device, because I really wanna move around like a zombie and click all the wrong things!

emvv
emvv

@MooncalfReviews WERD.  touchscreen's only saving value is their space-efficiency, everything else just turns your fingers into a kama-sutra pretzel

Toadamus
Toadamus

This will be my last ps3 game ill buy for this period..gta 5 will occupy me till this game launches :)

snaketus
snaketus

This game would be nice to play on PS4 instead of PS3

Bowser05
Bowser05

This sounds really neat. I'll be getting the game regardless. Just another reason added to the list.

edinko
edinko

HIs games don't have any gameplay at all. Everything you need is the PLAY button and have the patience to suffer cutscenes, and QTEs ad nauseum

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

This could work quite well for QTEs, but I don't know about moving a character in 3D space.

Then again, character movement was hardly Heavy Rain's strong suit lol

patrick112
patrick112

For the love of god, don't be so scpetical until you have actually tried it. Yes, it might not work, but don't be complete idiots until you've tried it. You one eyed monkeys. I for one can't wait to play this "game/interactive drama" I was very fond of Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain. However, with the PS4 releasing just a month after this game, I hope there will be a possibility for a digital download as a PS4 version, or the game will be released as a stand-alone PS4 title as well. Anyway, either way, if I will use my PS3 or PS4 for this game, isn't a deal breaker, I will buy this no matter what, PS3 or PS4.

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

weird...ill definitely be sticking with the controller

emvv
emvv

I read "Beyond Touch app" and my mind went straight into the gutter.

 damnit...

fatee
fatee moderator

In otherwords, it's another mash the "X" button game. No depth, no gameplay - perfect for a phone controller.

idosofacility
idosofacility

controling with a tablet? this seems right since this IS NOT A GAME! its just an interactive movie.

TrueProphecy22
TrueProphecy22

Well, that's interesting.  For some reason that news seems to have cut a little of my enthusiasm for this game. 

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

@TrueProphecy22 Troll harder. I lost interest in a game because it have an optional feature to use my smartphone. What kind of comment is that, Jesus. 

J_Dangerously
J_Dangerously

Interesting.  What Nintendo based an entire game system around can be emulated with some clever coding and a Smartphone.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

Why didn't they make the app available to Vita users? That sounds like an idiotic decision to say the least. It would have been a good opportunity to showcase the Vitas remote play capabilities and most importantly, help to market and sell more units. Despite that, this is a surprise and did not see this coming.