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'Beyond: Two Souls' co-op will let players control Ellen Page's ghost with a smartphone

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Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls

When Quantic Dream and Sony release Beyond: Two Souls, the studio's anticipated followup to Heavy Rain, you'll be able to play the entire game using a smartphone or tablet. Both iOS and Android will be supported, with an official app letting players swap Sony's DualShock 3 controller for their preferred mobile device. Kept secret until now, this "Beyond Touch" feature was announced at Gamescom 2013 by Quantic lead David Cage. You'll be able to move through the game's story using the unique input method, meaning every action that's possible on a traditional controller can be carried out with a phone or tablet.

Cage also revealed that Beyond will include a "Dual Mode" that lets another player take control of Aiden, the supernatural "entity" that communicates with the game's central protagonist Jodie. It's not your typical cooperative mode, as both players are never interacting with the game simultaneously. Rather, it's an integrated way of easily switching between two in-game characters. And again, players can pick between controlling things with a traditional controller or using the mobile app. According to Polygon, Cage explained that Dual Mode seemed like a sensible addition since many gamers experienced the cinematic thriller Heavy Rain with a friend in the same room. Beyond: Two Souls is slated to ship for PlayStation 3 on October 8th in North America.