'Heavy Rain' Could Have Made A Splash On Xbox 360
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
PS3 exclusive originally conceived as multiplatform
Quantic Dream's experimental, interactive drama title 'Heavy Rain' remains as one of the PlayStation 3's more unique exclusive offerings on the platform to date, garnering a very positive reception when released in 2010. However, new information about the game's development has been brought to light, and with it comes the reveal that the QTE-heavy title was originally pitched to Microsoft, but was ultimately turned down due to the child kidnapping themes prevalent in the game's story.
Writer and director David Cage, spoke during today's BAFTA video game lecture in London where he talked about the development surrounding Heavy Rain. Microsoft was enthusiastic about working with the French studio after their 2005 release, Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, Microsoft got cold feet over the mature themes and eventually "got scared."
That decision pushed David Cage right into Sony's arms, where his pitch was widely accepted by the company. Mr. Cage still considers Microsoft a "great company" and that "they didn't want the scandal," implying that the controversial subject matter would have inevitably lead to one under Microsoft's supervision.
Of course, this decision proved quite lucrative for Sony in the end and they are undoubtably hoping to recreate the same success with Quantic Dream's follow-up, Beyond: Two Souls.
Would you have liked to see Heavy Rain on your Xbox 360 as well? It was definitely one of the most beautifully detailed games on the PS3 when it launched and showed a lot of ambition. Quantic Dream has created a healthy relationship with Sony, despite not being a first party developer for them. Will the time ever come for them to venture back on Xbox territory, preferably the Xbox One?