In a move that would shock, just positively flabbergast, anyone working at EA or Activision, David Cage, studio boss of Quantic Games, has stated that there will be no sequel to PS3 smash hit Heavy Rain. Despite winning three awards at last night’s BAFTAs, and receiving more offers of sexual favors from games journalists than even the might of Halo 3 could muster, Cage simply doesn’t see a point to following up on that particular story.
This doesn’t necessarily come as all that much of a surprise. In July of last year, Cage told journalists that Quantic Games were working on two new games set in entirely different universes than Heavy Rain, and even hinted at the possibility of one of them being in a science fiction setting. Well, hinted in the sense that he over dramatically denied any possibility, probably while waving his arms about and winking at the camera to really emphasize the point.
But back to last night, where Cage tried to explain his companies reasoning for not following up on Heavy Rain by making the sort of comments that were almost certainly fooled by alcohol. “We created the genre” Cage began, managing to ignore the fact that Heavy Rain is pretty much just a fancier version of a choose your own adventure novel, “we own the genre, and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence or lucky shot – that it was really something that makes sense.”
If you’ve never played it, Heavy Rain was a soap opera thriller wrapped in an idiot plot, so the idea of Quantic moving away from it is, in our minds at least, a good thing. Fans might cry foul, but to them we remind that the internet is a far better place to see boobies than a video game. It might sound like the critical success of Heavy Rain has gone to Cage’s head, but what he and his studio put together was an exciting leap forward in interactive storytelling. And so, at the very least, whatever Quantic Games comes up with next is worth keeping an eye on.