Heavy Rain dev teases new project

After ruling out Origami Killer sequel, Quantic Dream director says new game will be "dark," "for adults"; possibly called "Fiv5" or "Infraworld."

Last week, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual awards ceremony for games, and one of the big winners was French outfit Quantic Dream. The studio's PlayStation 3-exclusive adventure title Heavy Rain walked away from the event with accolades for Best Story, Technical Innovation, and Original Music.

Ethan is now just one more out-of-work actor.

Unfortunately, critic approval, strong sales, and now multiple awards still don't add up to a sequel. Speaking to the PlayStation Blog, Heavy Rain director David Cage reiterated that a follow-up for the game still isn't in the cards.

"We will not make a sequel, and I made that very clear from the beginning, regardless of whether the game was a success or a failure, because I wanted to show that this is a new genre that you can use to tell any kind of story, in any style."

Cage followed up that statement by teasing his studio's next game. "For our next project, we’re going to build on what we have discovered with Heavy Rain," he said. "We own this genre of Interactive Drama, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence; it is something that makes sense and we can build on it."

"We’re going to be exploring a different direction, which will still be very dark and still for adults, but completely different to Heavy Rain. Our challenge is to satisfy our fans and also surprise them," he continued.

So what's this new game called? That information may have been sleuthed out by gaming-industry detective Superannuation. In a series of posts to the mystery individual's Twitter feed, Superannuation evidences a URL registration, a LinkedIn new hires page, and a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe trademark registration that the title of the game will be "Fiv5."

However, Fiv5 doesn't appear to be the only project that Quantic Dream is at work on. As seen in the aforementioned LinkedIn page, the studio's loose-lipped new concept artist also claims to be at work on a game called Infraworld, a game that was officially canceled in 2006. However, as spotted by Superannuation, Quantic Dream included an Easter egg in Heavy Rain for Infraworld, and the studio has previously stated that it is currently working on two distinct projects.

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bguy9
bguy9

They need to release a new game similar to Heavy Rain soon. I absolutely loved that game and can't wait to see what they have in store for us.

Norrie91
Norrie91

Quantic Dream NEED to make more games Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy (Fahrenheit) are two of my favorite games ever!

Sh8amer
Sh8amer

please cage dont make any of ur games multiform unless it was for the pc and ps3 !!!

Sh8amer
Sh8amer

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A couple of games from QuanticDream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait i cant wait i cant wait!!!!!!!!!!! omg omg omg........... Fiv5!!!! and yea why the hell would u make a sequal i mean who would be the origami killer?? ethan!!! david cage i just love u!!!!

VidGamAnonymous
VidGamAnonymous

Why the hell would u make a sequel? There were, like, 30 different endings. A spiritual successor maybe, but not a full-blown sequel

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

Heavy Rain is the first game i played from Quantic Dream but that alone is enough for me to be a fans of QD, hope the next game will be greater than Heavy Rain. Oh yeah, maybe QD can follow Team Bondi's way by using hi-res camera to capture actor's facial expression cause it looks more real.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Sigil-otaku Truce? Deal! I shall take your comments into consideration for future articles (hold my tongue and possibly act my age) and not spout mocking text which may be misinterpreted or taken too seriously. Glad we sorted this out like men ;) Pleasure!

DarthChristian
DarthChristian

cant remember if the dude at the end of indigo prophecy died or not. but i'd love to see a game with carla(i think thats what her name was) again. but with an extended shower scene

DarthChristian
DarthChristian

@steveguttenberg f#$%@# awesome name. it be crazy if you are the real steve guttenburg!!!

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Out of proportion? I stated only truths, firstly I thought your first argument was childish and then you retorted with another childish gesture. Now your talking more reasonably rather than using hypocrisy or half-replies I'm willing to talk back without being rude too. My status as a super man online was never suggested in any way so maybe you misinterpreted that? I don't remember praising myself but I merely commented when I thought you wasn't arguing well. Well you can pretend it's so bad that I call you arrogant but truth is that is just what I thought, I can lighten up but it's not usually when I think (key word here is think) there is some arrogance and fanboyism since why would I be nice to someone like that? Clearly now your defence is that I'm not a hoot at a party so I'll take that onboard and consider you to have won the argument :D See I can lighten up with jokes. Seriously though Just like you said 'people have individual viewpoints and like to argue it' and thats what I did. I expressed my view on what seemed like a fanboy attitude and maybe your not a fanboy but that argument certainly was pitched so and when you write a comment like *pats on head*, which is presumably a way of trying to mock someone as it was hardly the haha kind of joke then how do you expect them to act? Anyway we can call a truce if you like, not like I dislike you or anything I just disagreed with those 2 posts.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Sigil-otaku Okay seriously.. I think you've blown all this way out of proportion. Lighten up a little? You're coming across as an individual that thinks they're far more important than they actually are, policing the website that is Gamespot. Just relax a bit. It's a webpage where people discuss gaming my friend, in all shapes and forms - people have individual viewpoints and like to argue it.. Don't do the whole speech of "... the rest of us will look on with just the acknowledgement that you're only proving arrogance rather than any meaningful points".. Obviously? I wouldn't be typing "pat's on head" if I thought it was a meaningful point.. I was joking around. I bet you're a hoot at a party.

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

Definitely looking forward to seeing what Quantic Dream has in store for us next.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

I applaud him for wanting to make games that can be self-sufficient, and don't require to ride on sequelitis in order to be relevant. Heavy Rain does not need a sequel, unless it's a completely new story with new characters, and new city/setting... But then, why not just give it, its own title? However, Indigo Prophecy kinda needs a sequel... [ (~_^) I had to try and let that one slide. (^_^) ]

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

"...and a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe trademark registration...", damn another PS3 exclusive title. Come on Quantic Dream and make it multiplatform for god sake!

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Warhawk-geeby well as sad as it is to find a man both has nothing to say but thinks he is somehow ahead of others for having nothing to say and no respect for what he had said previously, otherwise you couldn't reply in such a lacklustre fashion, it's not a total surprise when there hypocrisy was the stand out feature of there last post. Never mind, assume patronising remarks gets you anywhere and I'm sure the rest of us will look on with just the acknowledgement that you're only proving arrogance rather than any meaningful points.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Sounds good. Except for Fiv-Five. Change the name. Unless it's going to be a parody of Se7en.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

look forward to seeing how their next project develops. ^_^

lister82
lister82

@Ladiesman17 Yeah, because the PS3 is just terrible, or wait, no it isn't.

AnubisofSumeria
AnubisofSumeria

i think the next installment will have elements of Farhenheit with the style of Heavy Rain... its kind of hinted there by cage, if so this next project will be amazing

neuroboy
neuroboy

Omikron:The Nomad Soul 2 please. I've been waiting long enough.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Fahrenheit and Heavy Rain prove how good these guys are. So I can't wait to see the results.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

@Ladiesman17 Dude, stop having such a negative attitude about owning more than one console.

Readial
Readial

The problem with heavy rain was that the pacing was a bit off. It starts off slow and then fast, and then slow, and then fast.... well its inconsistant. It is a technical marvel but its dependancy on story and emotion with its inconsistant pacing alone got me thinking that Video games might need a little bit more time investing research time on said values before entering this genre to its full potential. Prove that you can, Quantic Dream!!!

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

"Unfortunately, critic approval, strong sales, and now multiple awards still don't add up to a sequel." Yeah, because hugely successful games need DIRECT SEQUELS instead of games with the SAME/SIMILAR STYLE.

GameBeaten
GameBeaten

The only thing I ask of for this next game is that movement be handled by the left analog stick alone. Movement in Heavy Rain was kinda annoying. You get used to it, but still, yeah.

mickyfinn84
mickyfinn84

I hope the new game is on xbox, Fahrenheit was great and i really wanted to play Heavy rain but don't have a ps3.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i cant wait till i see game play of this new game there working on

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@DarkReign2552 Well thanks for the tips, I've not actually played those games yet and just played Heavy rain but my knowledge that those games (turns out one game) preceded Heavy Rain with similar mechanics was what I knew, I didn't realise it was the same designers but it does none the less mean that Heavy rain wasn't the first of it's kind so I retain the points I made. Still it's good to get the full picture.

gormo4
gormo4

Love how console wars always break out in the comments.. hmm, I think this'll be awesome, I loved Heavy Rain- and I agree with the devs that a new project will be better than a sequel, they can really move it into an even more positive and innovative direction.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

hopefully it will be multiplatform...so i can play it on my xbox360. would like to own a ps3 as well sometime, but dont have the money :(

bozco-mkd
bozco-mkd

big fan of QD's work. Absolutly loved Farenheit and heavy rain. only thing I want now is to make the voice acting and lip sync more realistic. Other than that I feel they are worthy of all the awards they get for jus givin us suttin different. Look 4wrd to see what they make next.

ash162
ash162

Heavy rain was a pleasant surprise!! Glad to know that a new ip is on the cards. Too many sequels this year anyway...

julgamespot1
julgamespot1

Can't wait to hear more about these projects. Hopefully they'll be in the same general story/narrative driven thriller genre as Heavy Rain. Possibly with a paranormal twist this time. Even simple paranormal dream sequences like those in the deleted scenes [youtube search "heavy rain deleted scenes" if you haven't seen them] would be great. Just imagine a Heavy Rain style game in a dark, Silent Hill style locality with a paranormal twist. lol I'm giddy just thinking about it..

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

@Sigil-otaku Regarding your response to Hezzron, I absolutely agree 100%. Just one little minor correction I thought I would point out. Indigo Prophecy and Farenheit were the same game. Also, as it turns out, It was the original project from the guys that did Heavy Rain. (It was supposed to be a trilogy as well, but due to funding and time constraints they were forced to squeeze the 2nd and 3rd game into the end of the 1st one, which is why the second half of the game was so screwed up.)

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Warhwawk-geeby I honestly don't understand the point of you trying to defend a console in the exact same way you just had someone attack yours. Childish? There's plenty of good exclusives on both consoles, on 360 you'll find Halo reach, Halo wars, Gears of war 2, Dead or alive 4, Alan Wake, Lost odyssey, Tales of Vesperia, Forza 3, Condemned (original), Saints row 2 and plenty of others I'm not going to list for the problem of just listing any exclusive and watching people go fanboy. You proved your point by listing good PS exclusives and then tarnished it with a disrespect of other systems. How sad.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@NettoSatio I know everyone has their own views.. But seriously..? 5 'GOOD' exclusive games only?! Ermmm Warhawk for starters you missed off (hence my username :p) Resistance, Wipeout, Motorstorm, Killzone, Yakuza, Gran Turismo, Ratchet and Clank, SOCOM, MAG? There's bloody loads!! Then there's the whole lot of other games out there that other folks class as good (God of War for example) The Xbox has about what.. 2? Maybe 3 at a push? Like I said.. *pats on head*

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@Hezzron: The game doesn't really go a step back but rather have a different design choice, no different to how people may claim turn based RPG are outdated but the truth is there is no outdating a design mechanic that basically is about enjoyment and some will find it more enjoyable. The controls and gameplay was designed for a more cinematic approach and as someone who has so far disliked the cinematic approach in some titles (uncharted) but loved it in others (god of war and Heavy rain) I can say that I believe the game isn't a step back at all. Some games like Mass effect or god of war incorporate more hands on and core gameplay experiences with the cinematic approach but Heavy rain just from being different had a unique feel to it. I believe it's a little hammed up how much people praise the game and agree with you on that but it was a 9/10 title for me regardless. It's been done before with Farenheit and Indigo prophecy and titles like God of War had QTE's in some of the cinematics for quite a while so it's hardly a revolution but I'd say it was an excellent refinement of the mechanics and a standard setter for cinematic gameplay done in this style.

maitkarro
maitkarro

I want Heavy Rain on PC, at least the new Jurassic Park game will be having close enough gameplay.

wwefanatic2345
wwefanatic2345

hope rockstar let quantic dream use the new facial expression engine from la noire as that would make the game that much better

Hezzron73
Hezzron73

Heavy Rain was nothing more than a pretentious "chose-you-own-adventure-type" game, with shiny graphics and awkward controls. Some gamers have really been fooled by it, thinking it's the second coming of games. It's actually quite the step back.

Mcortijo01
Mcortijo01

Sounds good, I always look foward to a new and original ip.

Ryuojinn
Ryuojinn

indigo prophecy? check. heavy rain? check. whatever they call their next game? reserving my check at gamestop....

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Quantic Dream should go back to their root!! and become multi-platforms developer just like they used to be with Omikron & Indigo Prophecy aka Fahrenheit!! thanks to Sony, now I'm obliged to buy their crappy system just to play one game :?

Xenrathe
Xenrathe

Glad they're not creating a sequel, as Heavy Rain's story had numerous plot holes, mediocre or undeveloped characters, and, as a who-dunnit mystery, completely falls apart due to its failure to observe standard genre conventions (see Knox's Commandments or Van Dine's Rules for Writing Detective Fiction). I am glad they're creating another game, though, as I think Heavy Rain was a step in the right direction toward a more story/script-centered game.

pszone
pszone

well i got there first playstion game back on ps2 since pp dont rember and love Heaviry Rain so it must buy next game

Search_for_Vali
Search_for_Vali

@NettoSatio I think you forgot a few, but that's ok. Ignorance is a bliss, isn't it?