Given the status and fan base that Beyond: Two Souls enjoys, it might not have as high a budget as you would think. In a talk with CVG, head of Quantic Dream, David Cage, revealed the modest budget of the game. It is only “a little bit more expensive” than Heavy Rain.
“I don’t know if the budget is public but it’s been a very, very reasonable price. We do very complex games, but I don’t think they’re very expensive compared to others out there.”
Asked the reason for the low budget and whether using the same engine as Heavy Rain might be one of the reasons, Cage revealed that that is not the case at all,
“Oh no the engine is completely different. We have built it from scratch. The project is cheaper because we’ve got better at what we do. We’re very tools-centric and we pay close attention to our costs. We don’t do anything crazy with the finances, we pay correctly but we don’t have sports cars, boats or the rest of it. We run the company very seriously.”
Even if the budget is not that much, it is no reason to put down the game because despite the supposed low budget, the game casts big Hollywood stars, Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe to voice important characters in the game. Furthermore, working with such big stars adds to the pressure,
“Working with Ellen and Willem [Dafoe] as well is a lot of pressure; they have trusted us and we don’t want to let them down,” said Cage. “You don’t want to disappoint them, and you want them to be proud of what you did. You want people to say to them ‘I loved your work in Beyond’ and not ‘what were you doing in that shitty game'”
Beyond: Two Souls stars Ellen Page as the protagonist and the PS3 exclusive is scheduled to release in October this year.