It may redefine the nature of storytelling in games as we know it, and when it arrives, it'll be another reason for PlayStation 3 owners to be glad they have Sony's console.

Of course, the key question has been: when will it arrive? Heavy Rain was initially scheduled to release this year but Quantic Dream decided to push it into 2010 so the new IP doesn't have to butt heads with blockbuster sequels like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , Guitar Hero 5 , Halo 3: ODST , and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves . As of now, the game that everyone is talking about only has a "TBA 2010" release date but Dutch retailer EPlaza may have provided us with a clue: it says the product will be ready on February 1, 2010. Now, this sounds more like a placeholder date to us but at least we can count it as an estimate, right? It seems like a good time for a release because it comes a little after a few major titles drop in January and right before March, when we're going to see God of War III . There's no doubt that Heavy Rain will be almost entirely unique and therefore not in direct genre competition with any game, regardless of when it launches, but still… Gotta get the timing right or things can go badly.

Here's hoping this one does indeed land on the first of February. Provided the team hasn't hit any speed bumps along the way and they really were ready to launch it this year, doesn't that mean they can release it almost whenever they want in 2010…?

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

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Jalex
Jalex
11 years ago

Whenever it releases, I'll be sure to be one of the first to get ahold of it.
Love Quantic Dream, and this game looks to take their aspirations to all-new heights.

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

This is great! 2010 is gonna be a great year for blockbuster games!

Off-Topic: I saw a copy of Demon's Souls from one of the local video game stores when I went to the mall 2 weeks ago. It's already available here in the Philippines even though the released date on the US is on October! how is that possible?! I wasn't able to buy it because I don't have enough money yet. I'm gonna buy it on my payday at work on September.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

@smileys_007:

I believe it is the Hong Kong version which was released eons ago. The menu, case and trophies are in Chinese but the voice-acting and in-game text are in English. The true ATLUS western release will be shipping in a few months with speculation of extra features and the like.

And also, the Hong Kong version utilizes the Asian servers as opposed to the Atlus version that will use the US/English based servers.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

ricochet wins.

Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

David Cage Has Created A Masterpiece!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

dude i don't wanna rag on you at all, but is everything just a regular comment with lots of exclamation points?

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

Please let it be February its on my most wanted list! Im so excited for this.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Thats pretty good actually, i was disapointed when it was first delayed, but Feb is quite reasonable. This game shall excell and quite possibly the best PS3 exclusive.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Very nice! Nice and early!
Then in March GOWIII

ed_winchester
ed_winchester
11 years ago

Ive watched the Gamescom trailer over and over again and the more I watch it, the more excited I get for this game. Feb would be an ideal time to launch, as there isnt too much traffic then is there?

Tha_Joker_186
Tha_Joker_186
11 years ago

Exactly what ed_winchester said, first i wasn't really interested in this title but now i want to get it day 1! The trailer & the gameplay for Gamescom got me hooked to this game, its just so unique. Now this game is on my top 3 anticipated title list lol

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

Cool, just in time for my birthday 🙂

Cpt_Geez
Cpt_Geez
11 years ago

Me too february 1st is my birthday so im getting it day 1.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Feb. 2 here. 🙂

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

2010: when it 'Rains' it will pour w/great games

StevieRV
StevieRV
11 years ago

i say release it in June, it is always a slow time for gaming and if you have one huge game then, you will rake in all the cash, thats from a business point of view, i want it now!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Ben you failed, ODST is a sad-on, ahem add on. Not a sequel 😉


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 8/22/2009 5:56:47 PM

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
11 years ago

actualy im planning on getting odst because it seems so much better than the past pieces of **** they call halo but i still wont get to play online with it since i refuse to pay for it

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

@ricochet

so which is better, the hongkong version or the US version? I don't mind if the case and menu of the hongkong version are chinese, what's important is the voice acting and the in-game text is english. besides I have nothing left to play on my ps3, i'll probably buy the hongkong version of Demon's Souls.

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Well, if you want the Hong Kong version then that's up to you. However, once you go online, you'll be in the Asian servers. The US release will have their own private servers where the majority of the players (if not all) are English-speaking players not to mention there's also rumors of "extra" content (or updated graphics).

But if you're not interested in that then by all means enjoy the Hong Kong version, so far I've heard positive reviews from players but even they themselves will re-purchase the US version when it releases due to the English online community.

Charger7302
Charger7302
11 years ago

Good gracious, Sony has so many first-party titles coming out they are releasing 1 each month. Gran turismo-December(rumored), Mag-January, Heavy Rain-Febuary(rumored), God of War(March)…..ease up on my wallet Sony 🙂

Now all I need is some sort of announcement on a possible Resistance 3 and I'm happy.


Last edited by Charger7302 on 8/22/2009 8:24:10 PM

smileys_007
smileys_007
11 years ago

@charger7302

White knight Chronicles and Quantum Theory are also coming on 2010. 2010 is gonna be a great year for the ps3.

Charger7302
Charger7302
11 years ago

I'm especially excited for quantum theory, but for some reason I don't think it will reach the states/Europe in 2010, I think it's ganna get the same treatment as final fantasy 13, since it's being made in japan. It will go through some localization and then arrive in the states, but hey if it lands in 2010 I won't be complaining. It's about time we get a third person shooter.

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
11 years ago

@charger not all games made in japan take so long and i think that itll be made sooner because of the fact that its aimed more for the people here

___________
___________
11 years ago

please dont tease me with tentative release dates for heavy rain.
i want that game more than you could imagine.
anyone else notice every time a release date or details are leaked its always a european retailer?
be it french german 99% of the time its a european company, peculiar.

Kr3sn1k
Kr3sn1k
11 years ago

Itd be awesome if it came out for feburary then i can get it for my birthday!

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

Looking at the Developer's Diary of Heavy Rain really blew my socks off. It's possibly the most interactive game (those who call the game QTE based-only should have their faces smacked) I've ever seen.

From what I've observed, another character is introduced as a P.I. going to a local shop where the owner's son fell victim to the Origami Killer. After rejecting the P.I. (with a series of interactive thought features) he decides to get a painkiller only to have an unstable dude busting in to demand money from the register. At this point there are so MANY WAYS the scenario's will change at this point and I tell you it was fricken intense.

Oh, unlike that stupid frame-buggy trailer on the PSN, this one was so darn smooth and boy the graphics are stunningly realistic. DAMN MY WALLET'S GONNA FALL APART!

*Holds L2 and the thought process surrounds Ricochet in a very unstable manner.


Last edited by Ricochet on 8/23/2009 12:17:19 PM

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

GameStop has a Feb. 16 release date.