Yes, Heavy Rain is Real, and it’s Gawjus

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It’s been over a couple years now since Quantic Dream (the French studio responsible for cult favorites Indigo Prophecy and Omikron) announced its hyper-realistic, film-noir thriller Heavy Rain, and until now the PS3 exclusive has never been shown as anything more than a tech demo. In fact, for a while there I thought that’s all it was going to be. But this week at the Leipzig Games Convention, the curtain has finally been pulled back and Heavy Rain has taken center stage in Sony’s show lineup. Confirmed for a late 2009 ship date, again exclusively for PS3, Heavy Rain is being billed as “a dark, immersive and emotionally-engaging experience; one that expands upon the innovative ideas of 2005’s acclaimed Fahrenheit (aka Indigo Prophecy) to create a noir-thriller where decisions are charged with importance and actions can have drastic and unforseen consequences.”

The first trailer and screenshots debuting actual gameplay have also finally been released, and by golly does Heavy Rain look amazing (aside from the lousy lip-synching at the beginning; that better get tightened up before release time). Many people will likely bitch at the heavy use of Quick Time Events, but I for one dig them, and from what’s shown in the trailer Quantic Dream’s implementation looks pretty innovative. Don’t just take my word for it, though, check out all the unveil assets after the break, including the trailer, screenshots and game synopsis.

Heavy Rain Synopsis:

Heavy Rain is a dark, immersive and emotionally-engaging experience; one that expands upon the innovative ideas of 2005’s acclaimed Fahrenheit to create a noir-thriller where decisions are charged with importance and actions can have drastic and unforseen consequences. Breaking with traditional game conventions where necessary, the gameplay will be based around story, emotional involvement and the player’s decisions and interactions, rather than high-scores, combat and competition. Intuitive gameplay and controls are also fundamental to the experience – ensuring that the game is mature but accessible, and avoiding alienating players with obscure stats and complex interfaces.

In Heavy Rain you don’t watch the story – you play it. The dynamic narrative unfolds through the players actions – not cut scenes – and every action has a consequence. The choices you make and the way you interact with other characters have repercussions throughout the storyline. With unprecedented responsibility over the fates of the game’s characters, players will find Heavy Rain an emotional experience unlike any other. It dares to tackle subject matter and themes rarely touched upon in video games, making it a genuinely mature game for a new world of adult gamers.

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