It's one of PSXE's most anticipated games of the generation, and any new information is always appreciated.
In our recent Heavy Rain preview , we touch on the concept of branching storylines that may not involve real "death." Well, Quantic Dream boss David Cage provided us all with more info at E3, and as it turns out, all four main characters in the game can die. Invariably, if this happens, the mystery enemy, The Origami Killer, gets away. But that's only one possible story branch, and Cage also elaborated that "you never get to come back to scenes you've visited before;" i.e., everything continues forward regardless of how you perform. The save system is almost invisible as the game will auto-save whenever "something significant happens," but Cage says he wants people to play the game without relying on the save system too much. As far as length is concerned, the game consists of sixty 15-minute "scenes," but we're supposed to be able to create our own "complete dramas" from those pieces of the puzzle. In the end, he wants us to simply make a story for ourselves, that is unique to our play-through, rather than just try to get the "correct ending."
All of this sounds awesome, but the only bad news is that, according to Joystiq , a Sony representative has confirmed that Heavy Rain won't see the light of day until early 2010. However, it's not necessarily due to a development issue; David Cage simply doesn't want to challenge the likes of Modern Warfare 2 , Assassin's Creed II , Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and other blockbuster titles during the holiday season this year. And we say it's a damn good call; as an IP, Heavy Rain really would suffer, regardless of how great it turns out to be. And it's not like we don't have stuff to tide us over…cripes, have you seen what November looks like now?!
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Sounds good to me, It would have definitely gotten kicked around(sales wise).It's just another AAA for next year which great since is 2010 is looking more promising than 09 and this is a hot year already and is going to get better.
Creativity at its best
Great graphics, great story, great atmosphere, and hopefully great characters.
Sadly gotta wait 'nother year…
Can't wait to get my hands on all these AAA titles. Just beat InFamous as…. Well InFamous. 🙂 And my jaw dropped to the floor at the ending.
This game is going to be 10 times better than Indigo Prophecy!
I do want this game but they are going to dodge the holiday lineup just to go head to head with God of War III?
I don't care for the game, but I of course want to see all exclusives do well on the PS3. I hope that is not the case. Maybe they'll bring it a little before or after.
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Sounds like a game I will play over and over and over and over again. Definitely a high replay value, considering all the possible stories. I really can't wait for it to come out.
I haven't been drawn into a game more than I was with MGS. This one looks to have the same depth in story that I am always looking for.
Yes, going up against GoW III and Final Fantasy XIII makes a lot more sense…oh, wait.
It seems like no matter when you launch this title there are a lot of great games to content with. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.
After 2010 eh? So Heavy Rain and Alan Wake are going all out sometime in spring eh? I will be really interested in the sales of this two games. This will be one of the few games I will preorder, cannot wait.
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I posted this in an earlier thread, but I'll add director/writer David Cage's "level walkthrough" as he explains different things in the game, here too just in case some of you might have missed my earier post….
David cage, takes you on a 20 minute walkthrough in "Heavy Rain"…..
I hope the voice acting in some of the demos is preliminary…'cuz a lot of it sounds downright irritating and boring (and I have fairly low expectations of voice acting…or stories…in video games). Visually, it looks quite nice, though, and it will be interesting to see more later.
Well, I'm glad that it will have a higher chance of success, but I am getting a little irritated that almost all of my most anticipated titles are getting pushed back to next year.
Oh well, here's to hoping that 'Heavy Rain' is to 'Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy' what 'Shadow of the Colossus' was to 'Ico.'
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"David Cage simply doesn't want to challenge the likes of Modern Warfare 2, Assassin's Creed II, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves and other blockbuster titles during the holiday season this year"
Yes, he wants to compete with god of war and final fantasy,excellent choice!
The PS3 is starting to show a glimpse of the greatness that made the PS2 such a long lasting beast of a console.
The quantity of games coming out for it is amazing in itself, but the quality and creativity of the titles are just unbelievable, did not see anything like this in a long time…
Heavy Rain on my preorder list as soon as its available.
So many games that I think this year I will have to take all my sick days and personal days from work 😉
Now I can cancel having cable and take the money I save every month and buy great games like this one. Why watch a story on TV when you can be a part of the story.
Oh god, your avatar rocks!
I second that. 🙂
I bought my PS3 because of all of the great games finally being released for it. Now most of those games have been pushed to 2010. Oh well, they will get here when they get here.
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I don't understand the logic in delaying a game that is ready. Even if sales are down because of other releases, at least they are bringing in money. I would think sales from 4 months would still out perform the difference between a Sept release and a January release. Flawed financial logic
No game over??? So basically when you die it goes as part of the story. Dam thats the most realest video game to date. Dont you hate it when the good/bad guys always succeeds in video games and movies, or should I say that the outcome to the end always ends in a fairy tale etc… This will stop it and go beyond, Day one purchased for me people!
I don't mind the push back I might be able to get the games I want this year
looks llike my PS3 wont get fixed this year then, cant be bothered, theres nothing that really appeals to me this year other than uncharted 2, Bioshock 2 or Tekken 6 but ill get over them.
Whats up with your PS3 ?
I am looking forward to this but its 2010, so many to get before then its bordering on ridiculous. Least hopefully my credit card will be down to more or less 0 so I can hit it again lol.
I will be looking forward to this game, and I am really curious about this no game over situation. If all your four characters die, how can the story keep progess? Maybe you can still see how the story unfold but you cant do nothing about it.
Blu-ray Drive is dead, i need another, i can still play PS1,PS2 games and DVDs upscales (i mainly used DVD's lol) but i cant play PS3 games or Blu-ray films.
Heavy Rain was the main game i wanted, im going to uni this year and wanted to get it done in the summer for it, not so worried now though.
I did ring up Sony but they ask Â£150 for a replacement, and i dotn want to replace my old 60 model becuase then i cant play upscaled PS2 games.
I paid $150 and im guessing they put in a new blu drive coz its way more quiet.
You can buy and install a blueray drive yourself. From what I have read it is not hard at all. Easier in fact than replacing the lazer in the PS2.
Here is a pretty detailed step by step if you want to try.
I think pushing back Heavy Rain until 2010 is a wise move. There are too many games released around the holiday as it is. GOW III isn't due out until March, so there are 3 months before hand.