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Cage: PS3 “perfect” for Heavy Rain due to “Blu-ray disc,” a “more sophisticated entertainment experience”

Thursday, 9th September 2010 08:50 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Heavy Rain lead David Cage has outlined reasons for siding with Sony for his groundbreaking game, saying PS3 has a more “sophisticated” entertainment ideal while noting Blu-Ray’s extra storage capability.

“I’m absolutely happy with the agreement with Sony. It was the perfect move,” he told GI.

“It was the right platform for what we wanted to achieve. It was the platform with the Blu-ray disc, promoting movies, promoting a more sophisticated entertainment experience.”

While Heavy Rain was an unqualified success as a first-party exclusive, Cage went on to say that a decision is yet to be made on whether or not Quantic’s next game will be multi-platform.

“With Heavy Rain it was right, but after Heavy Rain the question can be asked whether we should stick to one platform or open out to different platforms,” he said.

“Now that we’re established why are we limiting ourselves to one share of the market when we can reach more? There are pros and cons, and it’s not an easy decision.”

Heavy Rain had sold 1.5 million units as off mid-August. The thriller released worldwide in February 2010. A Move-based edition will release this year.

Cage has said publicly that Quantic is now working on “two very different projects,” following rumours the company had begun work on a sci-fi game codenamed Horizon.

The exec has since denied the existence of the title.

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  1. Erthazus

    I think their next game will be multiplat. You can’t ignore like 40 million Xbox 360′s

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Crysis

    Put it anyway you want, Blu Ray is a near identical upgrade to DVD as DVD was to CD.
    A single layered DVD is a little over 5X the storage of CD
    A single layered BD is a little over 5X the storage of DVD
    Ignore speed, the disk doesn’t travel by itself, it’s the drive which spins it, when DVD was introduced, DVD drives were a little slower than high end CD-ROM drives.
    Wasn’t til the 10x DVD Drives came out that they could out-transfer the best CD-ROM Drive.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    The mood seems to have changed over at Quantic. At one point I was expecting Sony to announce that they had bought them, but in the last few months it seems like relations have soured somewhat. That story about him being ‘forced’ to work on the Move version of Heavy Rain at the expense of the planned DLC was very surprising, this one sounds very much like they’re already distancing themselves from Sony. Curious to see how this plays out.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Ge0force

    Moest x360-gamers don’t like this kinda games, the low sales of Alan Wake prooved that again. Sony should pay to keep the next Quentic game exclusive for PS3, as it can be a system seller.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Lord Gremlin

    Well, good for him. Still haven’t bought it.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Hunam

    It’s a good game but not quite as good as that casting trailer would have your believe it was going to be. Hammed up acting gets in the way too much.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. lirky

    ps1 cd, ps2 dvd, ps3 blu-ray HD format. Sony manages to upgrade heavy when it came to format choices.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Freek

    Low sales of Alan Wake only say something about Alan Wake.
    It was a game that got critized heavely for being too much of a repetative shooter and not enough of a story driven horror game.
    It does not mean Xbox gamers only care about CoD.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Blerk

    Alan Wake might’ve done a bit better if Microsoft had gotten behind it in the same way that Sony got behind Heavy Rain.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Freek

    They might have done that if the core game was better.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Herlock

    @9
    MS love just Halo ;)

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Well, that too, Freek. It had a bit of an identity crisis, I think. It certainly wasn’t a bad game, but it could’ve been so much better.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Redh3lix

    @11 …and COD….. and Gears of War.

    ………

    Yeah, that’s about it.

    :D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Crysis

    from what i have seen, Alan Wake would have play out perfectly with the PS Move, but that will never happen…

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Herlock

    @13
    Its not own by MS sorry ;)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Crysis

    CoD may be on multiple platforms, but the fact is, THOUSANDS of people renew their gold subscription JUST for CoD

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Herlock

    @16
    We talk about pushing new IP, like SCE and Heavy Rain…, MS not doing the same with Alan Wake, why yu talking about third party games ?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Erthazus

    @15 And MS just made an agreement with Activision that their players will get maps earlier than PC and 360 version. They just don’t care, oh yeah.
    + Xbox Live.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Crysis

    @17, read 11, 13 & 15-sorry i didn’t make my point clear, but you said “MS just loves Halo” then Redh3lix said “…and COD….. and Gears of War.” then you said “Its not own by MS sorry” & my point is MS makes a fuckload out of people renewing their subscription & a fuckload renew their subscriptions JUST for a multiplat game, CoD. Idk about Gears, i know it’s popular, but is it even in the top 10 most played anymore?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. cookiejar

    One of the new projects will be a PS3 exclusive, the other probably multiplatform. Sounds about right to me.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Happy Hardon Harry

    I’ll be surprised if their next game is exclusive to Sony’s console. It doesn’t make sense anymore for 3rd party developers to create console exclusives. They lose money, plus less gamers get access to their game.

    The 3rd party exclusive is already dying out, there’s very few of them this gen (not unless they are created or funded by 1st party firms i.e. Sony/MS/Nintendo).

    Next gen the 3rd party exclusive will become the way of the dodo. They’ll die out as publishers/developers lose too much money by committing themselves to one system.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. OlderGamer

    I won the Alen Wake XB360 and a copy of Alan Wake on this site. I can tell you two things:

    W/o that contest I never would have played the game.

    It was one of the best games I have played this entire generation.

    I have a feeling that alot of folks that talk bad about Alan Wake prolly haven’t sat down with the game for themself.

    I have no drive to play HR, but in truth would prolly alos enjoy it. Games are funny, sometimes a game can win you over, or lose you altogether before you even give the disc a spin in your system. Alan Wake never once wowed me or had me thinking about buying it before I played it.

    I think THAT was what was wrong with it. MS failed to really sell it, it isn’t like Gears or Halo where Marcus or Master Chief and their respective images sell the product. HR and AW were both new IPs and that takes more effort then I think either game was given.

    I encourage everyone(almost everyone) to give AW a spin. Rent it, buy it when its cheap, whatever. It is a solid experience. Someday i will prolly do the same for HR.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Elven_Star

    Finished Heavy Rain this morning and it’s unlike anything I had experienced as a game. Kind of like Metal Gear Solid 4, but in a different way. These are the type of games we need. I’m just freaking sick of all these generic action crap around me.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. No_PUDding

    Heavy Rain sold because it was a PS3 exclusive.

    PS3 exclusives never do CoD or RDR numbers. But they almost always do 2mil LTD.

    We’ll see how multiplatform goes for them.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. The Hindle

    Except GT Pud and oh GOW and UC and Socom and Mgs 4.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. No_PUDding

    MGS and GT are the exceptions.

    Every single other one (why even mention Socom since it’s not out) it around the 2 mil mark, give or take a mil.

    Basically, all moderate successes.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Kerplunk

    @26 That’s a very generous margin of error you’ve afforded yourself there.

    I earn a million bucks a week.*

    *give or take a mil

    #27 4 years ago
  28. The Hindle

    Its the same with Microsoft Pud apart from Halo and Gears thier other ips dont fare as well roughly the 2m mark. Also we have never had total sales data for Gow 3 or KZ 2 yet so they could be higher. I personally think UC 2 will do over 5m eventually as well. LBP is at 4.5m so i dont know there exclusives sell pretty well.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Crysis

    this has been done to death, but i shall reiterate, Gears IP is owned by Epic, not MS, why Epic has stuck with MS for publishing is beyond me, maybe some VERY large wad of cash for staying exclusive

    #29 4 years ago
  30. No_PUDding

    @27 It really isn’t.

    When there’s the potential to sell to 38 million people, it really, really isn’t.

    @28

    All I am saying is that Sony’s games always seem to be moderate successes unless they are established IP’s. Microsoft does hits, or does flops.

    @29

    What’s relevant to this conversation however is the introduction of a new IP this generation, and publisher association. Gears is handled entirely by Microsoft.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. albo88

    most of ps3 exclusives sell cos there is no hack for it
    so just thing even if you are poor you will save money to buy a game li8ke gt5 witch u dont play since ps2

    #31 4 years ago
  32. albo88

    look at mw2 sells at xbox360 everyone was forced to buy it cos all the hack versions released on net where getting band on xbl

    #32 4 years ago
  33. OlderGamer

    Most of the MS exclusives and the high profile/sucsessful multiplats on xbox360 do so damn well because they are Online MP focused.

    The system was designed to play online with other people. And I feel the user base reflects that.

    It may just be that SP story focused games have a limited glass ceiling of potential sales.

    A good deal of the big name Sony games, be them first party, thrid party exclusive, whatever, are Single Player focused experiences.

    That may well be what gets reflected in its games sales. Instead of the quality of the games themselves.

    As to the guy in the artical sugesting that the PS3 user base is more sophisticated? lol, what a tool. The game market isn’t any more “all growd up” then it used to be. I just think that more gamers today favor OMP in the western markets. Those “gotta have it OMP” players have prolly gravitaed towards LIVE. Where as those that value SP have found what Sony offers satisfying.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Isaaclarke37

    This game was a great success that i would love to experience.

    #34 4 years ago