As Heavy Rain continues to rake in prestigious awards, the fans are all asking the same question: "what's next, Quantic Dream?"
They've already ruled out the possibility of a Heavy Rain 2 and we're just fine with that. The industry is constantly inundated with sequels and franchises and Quantic's last effort was so evolutionary and innovative, we'd actually prefer that it continues to stand alone. So what is the talented developer's next triumph? In speaking to the PlayStation Blog , Quantic boss David Cage reiterated their refusal to produce a sequel: "I wanted to show that this is a new genre that you can use to tell any kind of story, in any style," Cage said. As for their next project, which we can't wait to hear about:
"For our next project, we’re going to build on what we have discovered with Heavy Rain. We own this genre of Interactive Drama, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence; it is something that makes sense and we can build on it.
We’re going to be exploring a different direction, which will still be very dark and still for adults, but completely different to Heavy Rain. Our challenge is to satisfy our fans and also surprise them."
Now, Superannuation's Twitter page reveals a URL registration, a LinkedIn new hires page and a SCEE trademark registration that hints at a possible title: "Fiv5." The Quantic artist in question also seems to be working on a game called "Infraworld." It's only a matter of time before we learn more but for now, we're satisfied with Cage's hints; it's enough to know he will continue to push the envelope in the realm of interactive storytelling.
We're just all the more happy that Heavy Rain was a huge success. It means these guys will take the next step.