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The origins of Heavy Rain's exclusivity
Posted on December 30, 2009 by Nick

The heavily anticipated PS3 exclusive Heavy Rain is due out early in in 2010.  The upcoming January issue of GamePro features a pretty in depth cover feature on the man behind the game, David Cage. In it, Cage explains how Heavy Rain came to be exclusive in the first place, as relayed by GamePro EIC John Davidson in the latest 4G1U podcast.

The PlayStation 3 was first introduced at E3 2005.  PlayStation father Ken Kutagari and then SCEA president Kaz Hirai promised a technical monster, claims bolstered by prefabricated trailers, like the infamous Killzone 2 and Motorstorm trailers.  Expectations for the PlayStation 2's successor were set astronomically high.

One year later, with the PS3 just months from launch, Sony was faced with the daunting task of coming up with real PS3 footage that matched the impressive mock up trailers from a year earlier.  This is when Quantic Dream approached Sony with Heavy Rain.  They had started work on 'The Casting', an impresive in-engine tech demo, earlier in 2006.  Sony, desperate for something to show at E3, quickly snapped up Heavy Rain.

A wise decision by Sony, as Heavy Rain was easily one of their brightest stars at E3 that year - a year that spawned several internet meme's at Sony's expense.  David Cage, producer of the title, recently told GamePro that if that situation hadn't played out like that, Heavy Rain may have never even happened.

Heavy Rain is tentatively due for a February 2010 release.

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Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: --
Genre: Adventure
ESRB: Mature 17+
Release: 2010-02-23
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: 9.0


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