Heavy Dreams: Pushing Interactive Narrative

Quantic Dream made a major splash with its 2005 game Fahrenheit (also known as Indigo Prophecy.) It certainly had its flaws, but its interactive drama was not quite like anything being done at the time, particularly on the major consoles. Quantic Dream's upcoming game, Heavy Rain, eschews the supernatural themes that marred Fahrenheit's realism and explores the incipient dramatic/interactive form further.

Recently, Gamasutra had a chance to speak with Guillaume de Fondaumiere, co-CEO of Quantic Dream and executive producer of Heavy Rain about the game. What is it? What is the intent behind it? And how do the design decisions support this intent? These are important questions for a company that sees itself trying something new, and de Fondaumiere answers them frankly.

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xaviertooth3341d ago

Heavy Rain.

Heavy Dreams look like a good name of a game.

LeonSKennedy4Life3341d ago

It's definitely my most anticipated game.

Of course, so is The Last Guardian. They're just so different...and I want both so badly!

It's hard to decide!!!

-Alpha3341d ago (Edited 3341d ago )

Considering the track record The Last Guardian is going to be oh so much better. Of course this is my opinion, but the mystical fantasy world of the Last Guardian looks so much more intriguing and I have felt much more emotion seeing TLG trailer than I ever have seeing the Heavy Rain ones.

Shadow of the Colossus is one of my Top 5 games of all time, and so I am a huge Team ICO fanboy, but TLG> Heavy Rain IMO in terms of story, setting, and most importantly the experience it seems to offer.

If anybody has every played SoTC they know that that game defines Unique Experience.

Edit: Just watched TLG trailer again. Yup, it's much more powerful and raw than anything I have seen from Heavy Rain.

LeonSKennedy4Life3340d ago

I honestly cried when I watched the "How far would you go for love?" Heavy Rain trailer.

It's so close to me.

Shadow of the Colossus and Indigo Prophecy are a tie for my favorite games of all-time.

Quantic Dream can do storytelling just as well as Ueda and his team. Play IP.

Regardless, these two games will go untouched this year.

-Alpha3340d ago

Well like I said I'm a SotC fanboy. Never played IP.

I hope Sony continues the trend of releasing HD remakes. Perhaps they can do the same for IP.

Saaking3340d ago

You don't have to decide. Since you made the correct choice by purchasing a PS3, you can have access to both and much more.

rockleex3339d ago

All these games display the many different approaches you can take to tell a story in video games.

That is why I love Sony.

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-Alpha3341d ago

Looks to be a unique experience, this game. I'm not expecting it to play traditionally, so I do have my doubts with it, but time will tell. I just hope they pull off the intensity and emotion they are trying to put into it.

Aquarius3341d ago

"Quantic are keen to stress that whilst there is no game over screen, your actions will have repercussions. If you miss too many CSA's and don't fight hard enough your characters can die, all four of them in fact and the story will continue."

Lol, next year looks to be like PS3's GOLDEN YEAR.

Blu-ray was the focus in 2008...
2009 was more about the software...
Now that the SLIM is out and SONY has start to advertise properly, you better hop on that train ;)

SONY just needs to find ways to advertise this to the right audience and it will sell well. I'm sure people who like CSI/read novels/thriller fanatics and the mature gamer ( there's alot out there ) will pick this up ;)

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