E3: Watch ‘The Dark Sorcerer,’ Quantic Dream’s 12-minute PS4 demo

June 12, 2013 | 5:24 p.m.

Quantic Dream, the developer behind “Beyond Two Souls” and “Heavy Rain,” has released the full-length version of its 12-minute PlayStation 4 tech demo “The Dark Sorcerer.”

A teaser for the video was shown during Sony’s media event Monday for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The short film was created to show off the technological and graphic capabilities of Sony’s next-generation PS4 console.

The comedic video features a wizard and his goblin minion who are revealed to be actors on a green-screen set. Game enthusiasts may recognize the sorcerer character from Sony’s first PS4 media event in February, during which Quantic Dream founder and game director David Cage used the character’s expressive face to illustrate 3-D depth of field and other advancements.

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“The Dark Sorcerer” film is a stand-alone project and is not taken from any game in development. Quantic Dream released a similar video titled “Kara” at last year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC 2012), but that one took an emotional approach rather than a satirical one. The seven-minute concept film (watch it below) followed the construction of a robotic woman.

“Kara” was widely praised, not only for its visuals but for its ability to engage viewers on an emotional level — something game critics note is often lacking in the medium.

E3, the largest video game conference in the world, continues through Thursday as some 45,000 game developers, journalists and industry professionals gather at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Take a peek at the expo in the gallery below.

Attendees wait in line at the AMD display at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Director Guillermo Del Toro stands next to a Jaeger, a cyborg character from the upcoming movie he directs "Pacific Rim."(Michael Nelson / EPA)

From left, Ignazio Boschetto, Gianluca Ginoble and Piero Barone, of musical group Il Volo, play "Rocksmith 2014" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

Actress Jurnee Smollett, left, and actor Josiah Bell play "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

Actors Jon Heder, left, and Scott Porter visit the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, center, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

A model dressed as Bayonetta, a video game character from the "Bayonetta 2," poses for photos at the Nintendo booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Show attendees watch a presentation on the video game "Project Spark" at the Microsoft booth. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Jonny Rice wears a "Minecraft"-themed mask while promoting a video clip he created. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Janina Gavankar plays "Watch Dogs" at the Ubisoft booth. (Alexandra Wyman/Invision/Associated Press)

Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, center, visits the Ubisoft booth at E3. (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

NBA player Ryan Hollins, left, plays "Just Dance 2014." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

Jonathan Lipnicki checks out "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag." (Alexandra Wyman / Invision / Associated Press)

A person dressed as a character from PopCap Games' Plants vs Zombies video cracks jokes with an attendee. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

Attendees play the "Punch-Out!" video game, developed by Nintendo Co., on the Hyperkin Inc. RetroN 5 gaming console. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

A model of the Tyrael character from Activision Blizzard Inc.'s Diablo video-game series stands on display as attendees play on a console at the company's "Diablo III" booth. (Patrick T. Fallon / Bloomberg)

Diggs, a detective from Sony PlayStation's popular game "Diggs Nightcrawler," is helped by assistants. (Michael Nelson / EPA)

Pedestrians walk outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the Electronic Entertainment Expo is being held. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

Disney Infinity's "Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set" trailer plays on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Jason Guandique, 4, stands at the entrance of the Disney Infinity arena. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A visitor gets her picture taken with comic creator Todd McFarlane, who was at the Xbox Halo booth on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A character from the Blizzard Entertainment game "Diablo" attracts cameras. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The crowd streams in on the opening day of E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A look at the interior of the Los Angeles Convention Center, site of E3. (Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times)

The video game "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" is advertised on a car outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center, which is currently hosting the 2013 Electronics Entertainment Expo, or E3. (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

Players line up next to the virtual playing field for "Battlefield 4." (Jevon Phillips / Los Angeles Times)

A candy house, complete with witches, sits in the lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center to promote the DVD release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." (Jevon Philliips / Los Angeles Times)

–Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark

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One Response to E3: Watch ‘The Dark Sorcerer,’ Quantic Dream’s 12-minute PS4 demo

  1. PS4 games will probably look like Dark Sorceror in about two years. And even better after that.

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