Heavy Rain was a risky project. Among gamers and fans, the title is often brought up as a catalyst for friendly debate regarding what, exactly, makes a video game a video game. At its base level, Heavy Rain is an interactive drama. It’s a crime solving title filled with quick time events and snap judgements. It was a project that, undoubtedly, would not appeal to every consumer looking to embark on an adventure.
But Sony stuck with Quantic Dream, the French company that developed Heavy Rain. Sony supported this development house as a first party studio. Quantic Dream makes games for the PlayStation, and, according to the company’s director Director, David Cage, that’s not changing anytime soon.
Speaking with CVG, Cage explained that Sony’s been great to his team. He praised the company, their console and the relationship they have built.
We have an exclusive relationship with Sony…The relationship on Heavy Rain has been fantastic. They trusted us from day one, supported us all the way through. It was really a very risky project [for them] and they never let us down.
Being a part of a company with what are probably the best studios in the world is something really pleasant for us. We’re happy to continue this relationship and create content for the PlayStation brand. But they fund our projects, so we’re staying exclusive to PlayStation.
I am very loyal in general – or I try to be. I know that trusting me is always a big risk and when people do, I feel like I owe them something. It’s not just because I want to thank them, though. We have a relationship that works, we’re excited by the platform – we think it’s the best platform out there. We’re glad to continue to work this way.
Cage completely and honestly respects the idea that buying into the Heavy Rain idea was a complete and total risk. He’s right. The game was an extradonarily risky title. And yet it’s managed to push the envelope a little further. Heavy Rain, as we published recently, is a favorite among game developers (especially those in Japan). It’s a crazy unique title that deserves a ton of praise and respect.
But is it a game? Now’s your chance to speak up.
Quantic Dream is happy with Sony. And, given the risk they were willing to take with Heavy Rain, expect to see more from this company on the PlayStation in the near future.