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How Did Heavy Rain Become A PlayStation 3 Exclusive?

We all know that Heavy Rain is one of the most anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusives of the generation thus far, but how did it become exclusive? Well, it was a matter of timing.

As reported by PS3Center citing the latest GamePro edition, Quantic Dream boss David Cage said Sony needed something special to show off the impending power of the PS3 way back at E3 2006. At the time, we were seeing hard-to-believe footage of Killzone 2 and MotorStorm but we really needed something a bit more tangible; some actual footage to entice consumers to buy the PS3 when it released later in the year. This is when Quantic approached Sony with Heavy Rain; they had already started work on "The Casting," a very cool in-engine tech demo and this is what Sony wanted for the show. Heck, we still remember first seeing this footage at that show and ever since, we've been anxious to learn more. Now, the game is only about seven weeks away (it's slated to launch on February 16 in North America) and it's one of the best reasons to be a PS3 owner right now. But Cage said that if all of this hadn't happened just so, exclusivity may never have happened. However, we've heard the developers say that with time, it became clear they needed the power of the PS3 so their ambitious vision would be achieved.

But hey, it's really all about timing and a little luck, even in business. Who knows what might have happened if Quantic and Sony hadn't communicated very early?

Related Game(s): Heavy Rain

12/30/2009 9:05:15 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (44 posts)

inkme101
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 9:50:17 PM
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cant wait to get my hands on this gem

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to_far_apart
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 12:55:35 PM

Sony was smart to get their hands on this, it really is without a doubt going to me one of the most interesting and one of the most ambitious titles of 2010 and possible the current generation.

Can't wait to play this, looks amazing!

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THE-GAMER
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 9:59:58 PM
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same here!!!

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:03:25 PM
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From the sounds of things Heavy Rain would require several discs (or tons of icky compression) to work on the 360. One more reason to love Blu-Ray.

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inkme101
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:05:32 PM
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ya its exclusive to ps3 because it wouldnt even be anything like it is now on the " other " console

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Gone
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:05:36 PM
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Let it rain.

Side note, Best Buy has MotorStorm: Pacific Rift for $19.99 this week.

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StevieRV
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:06:30 PM
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heavy rain is a wait and see for me, it might not be all that fun and entertaining, heres hoping it is though

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jerocarson
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:13:36 PM
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Heavy Rain is really a masterpiece, i especially do like game heavily scripted with lots of cutscenses. Heavy Rain matches everything i want only lacking a few action. Kudos to Sony and QD for reaching an agreement that would no doubt close the gap between games and movies..

I was just thinking that one day i would see a game appearing at the top spot in the US box office.. smilling...

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inkme101
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:14:31 PM
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well stevie we know itll have one of the most in depth stories a game has ever had. now to me, that has quality entertainment written all over it. so few games have a decent story anymore, all forfeited it for multiplayer. (AHEM MW2)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:18:14 PM
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Must purchase. I hate to think what would have happened to it on 360. Perish the thought.

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Banky A
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 11:45:47 PM

The point of no return World... you got me spiraling in the thought.

:/

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 10:41:32 PM
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Indigo Prophecy is what we have to base how well Heavy Rain might turn out

If that game was really good. Then this one could end up being one of this year's biggest games.

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ohmikkie
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 9:09:45 AM

Was wondering what the hell you were on about until I did a quick browse and realised you were talking about what I know as Fahrenheit. It was pretty good.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 11:02:45 PM
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Their prior Indigo Prophecy was a great game so this one should be even better.

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___________
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 @ 11:40:54 PM
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ohhhhhhhhhhhh, i was so close!
2 days off.
anyway this is #1 on my list next year, huh comes out the same day as AVP, coincidence?.
its going to be a good week thats for sure.
hopefully it releases here in AU close to that date, none of this 6 weeks later BS sony normally pulls.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 12:32:26 AM
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Ugh, I seriously need to pre-order this and other things but I'm going on vacation jan 19- feb 2 so it's hard to give up money! curse you games, even making my vacation almost stressful without you.

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fluffer nutter
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 12:42:51 AM
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I have no idea why I haven't pre-ordered this thing. I think I'd be more inclined to watch a better video game player so that I can fully enjoy this experience without fouling it up. Who has a big screen and doesn't mind having an audience? I'll pitch in for the snacks and drinks.

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Origami_Killer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:19:47 AM
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Is the US Heavy Rain going to be censored?

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LegendaryWolfeh
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:52:44 AM

doubt it, but dunno

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lMephisto
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 7:43:51 AM

QD already said that everyone is going to play the exact same version of the game, so no one will need to import from Europe.

Kudos to them... because regardless if you just want to see them naked or not, you always keep wondering what could have been different in X scenarios.

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fooosie
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 3:35:19 AM
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u guys are like, so dum. Heavy Rain would work better on a 360 because the 360 IS better, in every way, than a pee ass three. So what if it has blu ray. the 360 has D-V-D ROM! My computer has that too so it GOTS to be better. How can blue ray be better if xbox games have better grafix? what does ps3 have? Exclusives that $ony paid for? Xbox exclusives are better! i can even get xbox exclusives for my computer! On D-V-D! blue ray dont look so good NOW does it

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Perry Katy
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 4:05:49 AM

Are you being sarcastic or what???

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lMephisto
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 7:45:03 AM

Thumbs down just because you wasted the time I spent reading your crap ;D

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outcelgeist
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 9:22:29 AM

trollin'

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:20:22 AM

If it's not sarcasm, tell me now.

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Silent_J
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:45:41 AM

wow....are you being serious right now?

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:10:31 AM

I think it was just a lame attempt at humor. Don't hold it against him.

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Alienange
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:07:44 PM

He's gotta be joking around. "I can even get xbox exclusives for my computer!" made me laugh so hard it can't possibly be intended to be serious.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:37:19 PM

lol, you know its scary when you can't tell the sarcasm from the true dolt-speak

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isaya85
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 4:30:49 AM
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I preordered this a while back i'm very anxious to play it, I was hoping to play indigo prophecy before HR but I don't have a ps2 and I don't know if I want to spend the money to buy another one I'm pretty content with ps3

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 11:37:20 AM

You can get it on PC btw and XBOX1

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Alienange
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:15:09 PM

If you have a PC to play it on you can get it off of Steam for $3.39 right now.

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SerendipityDeus
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 2:51:51 PM

just bought it, i was really looking for it, gamestop had the case but not the game itself -_- such fools at times

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fooosie
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 4:48:43 AM
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Yes. Sorry.

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Douchebaguette
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 9:41:33 AM

Aww. Here, I'll thumb you up, since you aren't one of those people who state the obvious by typing "</sarcasm>" at the end of every blatant sarcastic comment.

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Robochic
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 5:25:50 AM
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I can't imagine this being on any other console, the visuals are just flip'n amazing.. It would of done poorly on any other console. A must Day one purchase, preordering it today.

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tridon
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 8:36:20 AM
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I never played "Indigo Prophecy", but I've been interested in "Heavy Rain" from the start. From the videos I've seen, I think this game easily has the best graphics yet on the PS3. I've pre-ordered it and I'm looking forward to playing the upcoming demo (the big 'make or break'). I just wish my Canadian copy of the game would have the same kick-ass packaging that the UK version is receiving.

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outcelgeist
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 9:23:50 AM
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If the actual game is anywhere near as cool as the nifty dynamic theme (which looks awesome by the way), I'll be so happy.

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SvenMD
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 9:24:08 AM
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I'm just glad it's exclusive.

My only question is - How many times am I going to have to play through this game to see all the different pathways??? I mean technically, one character could die, or they could all die. That's just wild.

Is my ending going to be as cool as your ending? I don't know...

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geovanwitdakick
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:26:05 AM
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I really hope people buy this game, so they won't be discouraged to make an exclusive part 2.

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Club80
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 10:50:49 AM
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Can't wait to get my grubby paws on this game! I also hope this will be the game that will pull my partner into video games. The preview videos have certainly gotten his interest piqued.

David Cage has apparently poured his heart and soul into this project. I have never written to a developer, but I sent the folks at Quantic Dream an email to tell them there is an audience for such games. I hope I did my small part in giving them encouragement.

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Paolo Kutaragi
Thursday, December 31, 2009 @ 1:16:30 PM
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My most anticipated games in 2010 are; Heavy Rain, The Last Guardian, Mafia II and Max Payne 3. Also Bioshock 2 and Gran Turismo 5, but I haven't decided if I'm going to buy the last two or not.

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www
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 4:31:17 AM
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We're waiting.

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DeathOfChaos
Friday, January 01, 2010 @ 4:59:42 PM
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Like it says, this game would need the PS3 to do what they wanted to do with it. Just ges to show you (again) ho much more advanced the PS3 is, especially in the right hands.

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