Cage On Heavy Rain: Real Characters, Real Emotion
Everyone is talking about Heavy Rain these days; not for the amazing visuals, but for the innovative approach to interactive storytelling.
In order to do this correctly, we need genuine, believable characters involved in a gripping, emotional plot. We haven't seen much of this in the video game world - let's admit it - but Quantic Dream's David Cage believes gamers have grown up, and that's why Heavy Rain is a truly adult title. In a recent CVG interview, Cage speaks about the maturity and the fact that while many games include emotion, this one will take everything to another level.
"In most games you've got adrenaline, stress, tension, frustration, competition: very simple emotions. With Heavy Rain we try to make you feel an empathy, make you smile, and make you cry. We try to make you feel what the characters feel, even if it's discomfort."
He goes on to say that designers should embrace more content, that games can include more depth and more meaning if one puts forth the requisite effort. And yes, this will certainly feature some of the more intense emotions you normally feel when watching good movies. As for the love scenes in the game, which have received plenty of attention due to footage like Madison's striptease, Cage says there's nothing remotely explicit about them, and that it's just another example of a realistic character interaction.
"There are a couple, but it's definitely not porn. We don't intend to push the boundaries and be ultrarealistic in every detail. It's about real characters having emotions and doing what adults do when they fall in love."
So if you're expecting a nasty threesome or something, forget it. When prompted, Cage just said they would "definitely end up on Fox News" if such content found its way into Heavy Rain. The bottom line is, though, that everything we see and hear continues to make us think that Quantic's project will be an absolute masterpiece.
Related Game(s): Heavy Rain
1/14/2010 10:57:43 AM Ben Dutka