Detroit: Become Human is a sci-fi cinematic adventure game developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony for the PlayStation 4 on May 25, 2018. A PC port of the game was released digitally by Quantic Dream via the Epic Games Store on December 12, 2019, with a Steam release on June 18, 2020.
A spiritual successor to the studio's 2010 game Heavy Rain, Detroit puts players in the role of three separate protagonists (one of whom previously appeared in the studio's earlier tech demo "Kara") as their stories, which can have numerous branching paths and multiple endings, intertwine into one overall narrative (with the possibility of each of them dying, which continue the story). Along with third-person exploration of their character's surroundings, players converse with timed dialogue trees and use specific button/joystick/tilt prompts for actions (including quick time events for higher-intensity sequences).
The story is set in near-future 2038, taking place in the U.S. city of Detroit after it became the central hub for the development of realistic androids by the Cyberlife Corporation. As the subservient androids are mysteriously becoming fully sentient (becoming what's known as "deviants"), players control three androids as they become involved in an android uprising:
- Markus, a RK200 caretaker android (voiced by Jesse Williams) who is trashed after an altercation with the son of his owner (famous painter Carl Manfred, voiced by Lance Henriksen), which left him fully sentient. After repairing himself, he ends up leading a colony of deviants in the wrecked ship Jericho and, along with fellow deviant North (voiced by Minka Kelly), rally for their rights.
- Connor, a prototype RK800 police investigator android (voiced by Bryan Deschart) sent by Cyberlife to help investigate a series of homicide cases regarding deviant androids. He is partnered with Hank Anderson, a ragged lieutenant (voiced by Clancy Brown) who seems to distrust androids. As his objectives counteracts with the other protagonists, he can sometimes become a detriment to them.
- Kara, an AX400 housekeeper android (voiced by Valorie Curry) who can help ten-year-old Alice escape her abusive father after becoming fully sentient. Becoming fugitives in search for a home, they end up intending to flee to Canada (which has no specific laws involving androids and is considered a "safe haven"), and can be accompanied by a fellow deviant.