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Cage: Heavy Rain Marks The End Of My "Personal Trilogy"

Heavy Rain is one of the best of the generation in our opinion, but Quantic Dream has said you won't be seeing a sequel. It just isn't what they do, and we appreciate that.

However, it goes a little beyond that: according to a recent Eurogamer interview with Quantic Dream boss David Cage, their latest masterpiece is likely the last of its kind that you will see. During the interview, Cage said that "Heavy Rain is the end of my personal trilogy trying to tell the same type of stories with serial killers and stuff, in the thriller genre." Essentially, he's referring to Omikron: The Nomad Soul and Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy), and with the third entry in his "personal trilogy" hitting next week, he's calling it the end of an era, so-to-speak. In regards to the future, when Eurogamer asked if Cage could see the interactive drama encompassing multiplayer, the reply was this:

"Oh! Yes. Yes, I think it's possible and I think this is the next challenge. And that would be fascinating. It's incredibly challenging. When I saw the efforts that were needed just to make a single-player experience work on Heavy Rain, I have an idea of what it's going to take to make a multiplayer one, but that would be very exciting."

So perhaps that's next on the agenda for Quantic Dream. But also remember that they've said they're interested in both 3D and the new motion sensing tech for the PlayStation 3, so these designers could go in any number of directions. Personally, I'll definitely try whatever Quantic Dream tries next. These guys have proven it all with Heavy Rain. ...is it at all weird to speak of it in the past tense because I'm on my fourth play-through now? Did I just create a legion of enemies? I apologize. ;)

2/17/2010 9:31:32 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:01:15 PM
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It's been a long journey that in my opinion started rather bumpy. Omikron IMO was a big let down after the hype surrounding it.


4 playthroughs eh? Without giving any spoilers do the multiple playthroughs offer a vastly different experience?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:33:14 PM

It depends on what you mean by "vastly different." You're seeing the same story from different angles, and you'll certainly view new scenes you didn't see before. But as I said in the review, you really can't change the first few hours that much.

But once a character is given a chance to die... Thing is, there are MULTIPLE chances to die. What if you die HERE in one play-through and THERE in another...? And with four total main characters, there's any number of combinations that can exist for the climax...

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Alienange
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:58:24 PM

Sounds to me like the answer is 'no.'

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:05:51 PM

Thx for answering Ben. I'm always afraid to ask a question in a post in fear that you wont answer. I didn't read your review yet since I know I'm buying the game for sure and didn't want to risk any spoilers. Sounds like this game is full of tense moments, I can't wait!

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:19:51 PM

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I suggest reading the review. Probably one of the single best reviews I've ever read. It doesnt have any real spoilers. So your safe there. Plus I think you'll enjoy reading it and you come away appreciative to have such a review.

I imagine it was tough to write it, but not that I needed help deciding, it definitely made it clear it's a game worth having.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:21:21 PM

Oh I will after my 1st completion of the game next week. I'm sure it is a good read just like Arnold's WKC review.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 12:38:15 AM

Limited, there are no spoilers in my Heavy Rain review. I mean, I talk about the characters and some scenes, but nothing that gives away anything.

Up to you, though.

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YesterdysRising
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:01:43 PM
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I think it might be better off for them to just release episodes for Heavy Rain like they seem to be doing rather than a sequel or something. But multiplayer would be awesome if implemented right.

Your fourth play-through!? I am jealous. I don't get to play much of anything as of late with school but Heavy Rain FINALLY made it into my gold box today so I will have it on Tuesday and I will make every effort I can to catch up to you Ben! :)

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archs13
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:07:01 PM
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well ben, just to let you know.. i finished the heavy rain demo three times already.. each with different language audio haha. i still have to do the spanish audio one..

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Nlayer
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:30:10 PM
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I wonder if they could pull off a multiplayer fighting game like Street Fighter with the unique control scheme of Heavy Rain. Now that would be interesting and different. I'm not sure why that thought crossed my mind when the word 'Multiplayer' came up, but it did.

I would love to see what they could do with a multiplayer aspect though. Knowing them, it'll be great! Can't wait to get my hands on Heavy Rain.

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:44:51 PM
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4 times already?

what has 2 thumbs and is extremely jealous?

THIS GUY!!!!!!!

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:08:31 PM

Do it in the Peter voice and I'm sold.

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inkme101
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:23:04 PM

oh, i was!
hehehehehehehe!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:56:15 PM
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I have Omikron for Dreamcast, that game was interesting. Didn't quite work out though.

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mike rlz
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 10:56:26 PM
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reading about this only reminded me: ico, sotc, last guardian... sigh.

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geovanwitdakick
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:02:04 PM
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Heavy Rain multiplayer reminds me of Playstation Home...why?

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Alienange
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:04:29 PM
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The French really are dramatic. "Personal trilogy." My word! If only half the creative minds in the world had the resources to make just one of their ideas come true. This guy's had a "personal trilogy."

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Culoslap
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @ 11:26:51 PM
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Did anyone else mentally give Mr. Cage's quote a slight French accent while reading it?

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Qubex
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 12:16:18 AM

Yes, I did! Try say the word ..."oooooooooooozzzzzeeeeee", in a heavy french accent... you will want to take up lessons...

I still prefer my freedom fries though!

Q!

"i am home"

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___________
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 12:29:43 AM
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meh, if its anything like heavy rain ill be picking it up on midnight launch.
i was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! close! to getting a copy of heavy rain early.
i went in the other day to see if AVP was out yet and thought what the hell ill try my preorder of heavy rain too.
she said AVP has not come in yet but heavy rain is out back, ill grab you a copy.
than she comes back with my preorder than the manager comes back from his lunch break and tells her its street dated.
DAM!
so close, to glimpse at glory just to have it thrown out the window :(

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inkme101
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 12:53:28 AM
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too bad!!! that sux!

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 4:21:19 AM
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Dudes, a multiplayer would be awesome in my eyes, imagine solving such a mystery with your friend at your side, both struggling with keeping by with the moving hovering buttons, trying to stay alive.
awesome.

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tridon
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 5:02:35 AM
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You know, back was Omikron was released, I wanted to play it SO badly. I never had a PC that could run it and I had just sold my Dreamcast due to the financial matters. I'd really like to see this polished up and possibly put up on the PSN. I hear it's amazing and to this day, I'd still like to play it.

Years later, here I am in the same financial boat when Heavy Rain is being released. Everyone who can pick it up at launch is definitely lucky. Oh, well... at least I know that I'm not selling my PS3 like I did my DC.

And wow, it's sure hard to hunt down a copy of Indigo Prophecy around my city now. Six months ago, it was used everywhere. Now I can't find it at all. I'm still kicking myself for overlooking it the first time around!

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 6:29:32 AM

You can find Indigo Prophecy on Ebay for under $20.

Omikron was hyped up quite a bit but never really lived up to it's billing. The fighting mechanics were choppy and the graphics were nothing special. It did have an amazing atmosphere though. Reminded me of the game Messiah which was in development almost as long as Too Human and crashed and burned upon release.

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tridon
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 7:44:24 AM

Yeah, I wish it was as easy as just going on eBay. I live in Canada, so first thing, there's hardly anyone willing to ship to my country (most copies are located in the U.S.). The sellers who are willing to ship are charging an outrageous $20-$25 for shipping & handling (when it costs $10 TOPS). The other thing is that almost all of the copies up for sale are for the disc only. I'm a collector and a completist, so there's no way that I'm going to dish out the cash for a disc only. I guess you really do lose when you snooze.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 7:58:57 AM

You should speak with Alienange. He's a regular on here and he's from Canada. He may have a copy of it and let you borrow it at least. If you MUST play it there are torrents available for the PC version.

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mike rlz
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 7:41:17 PM

limited, how do i go about doing that?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 7:45:40 PM

Go about doing what? You need to be more specific. If it's regarding torrents you're out of luck. I may suggest such a thing but I'm not going to walk someone through the process since it may have legal ramifications.

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tlpn99
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 6:20:23 AM
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Is Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy any good and worthy of a purchase ?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 6:31:56 AM

If you're into Heavy Rain you will love Indigo Prophecy. It has a great storyline and the gameplay is similar to what you'll be doing in Heavy Rain. If for no other reason it's cool to see Heavy Rain's beginning, in terms of vision.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 3:09:07 PM

@Tridon,
Just an important FYI before you hunt down the game....there's 2 different copies.

You would be much better off trying to find the "original European copy" of Indigo Prophecy, which is called "Fahrenheit"

Two reasons why....
The main & most important reason is because the European copy has all the full original scenes still in it, where as the North American copy has a bunch of scenes deleted at the request of their own publisher(Atari), to make for a milder rating instead of the "Adults Only 18+ rating Atari feared that this game would receive, due to interactive sex & some other adult themes.

Fahrenheit's name was changed to "Indigo Prophecy"(also at the request of Atari), for the NA & Canadian copies because Atari didn't want the Fahrenheit title to be confused with big, fat, micheal moore's(gabe newell's look-alike) movie, Fahrenheit 911.

BTW, I've got the NA copy of I.P. & I'm going to look for the Europe copy just to see all the differences between the H & I.P copies, & to also have in my collections too.

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tanner1
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 6:42:56 AM
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Love the demo, i just wish for a game that they tried to make look so good, why all the screen tearing? Surely they noticed it no? The game looks awesome but why cant they iron out the nasty's?

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tridon
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 7:45:30 AM

Your avatar creeps the sh** out of me. It reminds me of the Bogeyman from The Real Ghostbusters cartoon... and yes, that character still creeps me out to this day.

Oh, and to keep on topic, I agree that the screen tearing should be fixed before release.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, February 18, 2010 @ 8:45:07 PM
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Well, let's hope that in the near future, Cage thinks up a bakers dozen of whole new Trilogy's he'd like to make games out of.

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tanner1
Friday, February 19, 2010 @ 4:42:19 AM
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@ tridon; LMAO!

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