Last year’s Heavy Rain defined the interactive drama. Fans of the title have been clamoring for the possibility of another game in the genre or perhaps even another Heavy Rain game. Creator David Cage dutifully informs us though that while they may further explore the genre, another Heavy Rain isn’t exactly likely:
“We created the genre. We own the genre, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence or a lucky shot – that it was really something that makes sense and that we can build on. But at the same time I didn’t want to make a sequel.
I made that very clear before knowing whether the game would be a success or a failure, because I want to show that it’s really a genre. Which means that you can use a similar drama to tell any type of story in any genre and in any style. So, we are going to explore different directions. Still very dark, still for adults, but completely different from Heavy Rain. We want to satisfy our fans, but we want to surprise them too. That’s our challenge.”
Heavy Rain hit stores in February of last year. It released to unanimous critical praise and to date has sold more than one million copies. I understand where David is coming from; I honestly believe that Quantic Dream has a lot more to shock the industry with and I wouldn’t want to be pinned a one-trick pony either. I guess we’ll see when the studio announces its next big project.