David Cage calls on industry to 'grow up'

Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls boss frustrated with developers' reluctance to broach more mature material, believes industry is beset by Peter Pan syndrome.

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Speaking to Gamasutra at Gamescom this week in Cologne, Germany, Quantic Dream boss David Cage said he is fed up with the industry's unwillingness to embrace more mature subject material.

Cage wants the industry to leave Neverland.
Cage wants the industry to leave Neverland.

"I think we should have more courage in our industry and take more risks, because I think this is what the industry needs now," Cage said. "I mean, how many first-person shooters can you make? How many monsters/aliens/zombies can you kill in games? There's a moment where we need to grow up. We need to grow up."

Cage claimed the industry is currently plagued by the "Peter Pan syndrome," a reluctance to mature as embodied by the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. He said this mentality should not be allowed to persist.

This is not the first time Cage has called on the industry to branch out. Last month, the developer claimed the industry would die without innovation, further noting that while shooters will "always be successful," new ideas will benefit the business.

Cage is currently working on Beyond: Two Souls, a new narrative-focused PlayStation 3 game that he claims will be emotional, mature, and unique. Juno and Inception actress Ellen Page will provide the voice and likeness for the game's mysterious young woman, Jodie Holmes.

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