"Kara" is a short film created by Quantic Dream to showcase the new graphics engine they developed for Beyond: Two Souls. It starts off showing the assembly and activation of a Ridiculously Human Robot... who proves to be a little too human.
Go watch it on YouTube.
For a tech demo, this short video is plot-heavy. Expect spoilers.
Due to the positive reception of the tech demo and many people wanting to know how Kara's story continued—and that David Cage himself grew frustrated that he didn't know what would happen after the events in the tech demo—Kara was then announced for development into a full game by the name of Detroit: Become Human.
Contains examples of:
- Bittersweet Ending: The Operator is moved to let Kara live as a sentient android, but she still has to work as a slave-bot.
- Canon Welding: Information in Kara's bio in Detroit: Become Human indicates that the Kara in this tech demo is the very same Kara the player controls in the game itself.
- Color-Coded Eyes: Kara's eyes are a pale grey. They add to her waifish and distracted aura. The color also signifies that she is empty, a blank slate ready to be shape into her owner's will.
- Fem Bot: Showing linguistic drift, Kara defines herself as an "android" (from the suffix -oid, "having form or likeness of", and the Greek root "andro," or "man") despite there already being a word for robots that have the form or likeness of a woman ("gynoid"). But would audiences understand the more uncommon term?
- Foreshadowing: There are a few hints that she's becoming sentient before it's confirmed; the way she smiles after she's given a name, the look of wonderment as she uses her arms and legs for the first time, and the way she covers herself when she's naked speaks of more than just programming.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Kara looks just like her voice/motion capture actress, Valorie Curry. According to the producers, that's because Valorie "looked like an android already".
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Subverted. Kara is initially naked but doesn't care because she doesn't have skin yet and at the moment has merely Barbie Doll Anatomy. Once she's coated with skin, Kara covers herself with her hands until a machine gives her a bra and underwear.
- Mood Whiplash: Starts off as just an Excuse Plot to show off a new graphics engine. Then it shifts into serious emotional territory.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Operator as he lets the fully sentient Kara model go free, after coming very close to disassembling (i.e. killing) the fully-sentient Kara, who is begging for her life after being branded as 'defective'. Having her assume her role as a slave-bot despite her sentience and knowing that Kara's hopes for life may not be so great depending on where she's going.
- Omniglot: Kara's model comes packed in with 300 languages.
- One-Word Title: "Kara".
- Robot Girl: Starts off somewhere inbetween a Fembot and a SkeleBot 9000 during the assembly, but skin and hair eventually projects itself over the metallic surface. Then she turns sentient...
- Robot Hair: Kara is designed to appear human in just about every way, including a head of short brown hair (which is seen being installed on her significantly more obviously mechanical-at first-body).
- Wham Line:
- "I thought...I was alive."
- Also, "Stop! I'm scared! (disassembly stops) I want to live. I'm begging you."
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: "You're not supposed to think that sort of stuff. You're not supposed to think at all!"