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Quantic Dream Revealing Next Project at E3

Quantic Dream founder David Cage is expected to reveal the developers next “major” project at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, according to a senior development source.

The development source also revealed that studio is currently working on two separate “mystery” projects in partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment, though it is still unclear whether both are in development for the PS3.

Quantic Dream Introduces Kara

Quantic Dream demoed their latest motion capturing engine at the Game Developers Conference — labeled “Kara.” Kara is meant to be the foundations for the developers next project.

Quantic Dream founder David Cage said that the new engine features a “direct-to-engine” pipeline that allows a development teams to work with the motion capture data with minimal editing, increasing the overall emotional presentation of a scene.

“What we call full-performance capture is shooting the body, the voice and face at the same time,” explains Cage. “Most studios right now in the game industry use what we call split performance, which means you shoot the face and voice on one side and then you use the body, and not in one take.”

“”It works okay – there have been some great games made using this process, and Heavy Rain was done this way. But we felt that if we wanted more emotion, and more performance from the actor we needed to have everything from the same take, and we needed to shoot everything at the same time.”

E3 2010: Heavy Rain Causes Move Support

Heavy Rain has achieved both critical and commercial success — its, undoubtedly, one of the industries most “unexpected” breakout hits. Though we’re still awaiting the next downloadable expansion, the development team at Quantic Dream have announced an update giving Heavy Rain “PlayStation Move” support.

As previously stated, Heavy Rain was initially designed for use with the PlayStation Move, but the game ended up being ready for market long before the motion control device was released. However, there hasn’t been any word on the exact release date for the updated, but Move will go on sale this coming September.

Released in February, Heavy Rain is a dark and utterly absorbing thriller where you set the rules and where the buck stops with you. With a killer on the loose and time running out, you must decide how far you’ll go to track him down. Since its launch, Heavy Rain has sold over a million copies.

Heavy Rain Expected For Hollywood

Heavy Rain was develop as an “interactive drama”. However, developer Quantic Dream have plans to push Heavy Rain as another form of entertainment, a movie. According to Deadline, Quantic Dream are close to signing a movie deal with Unique Features.

Unique Features is the newest venture of former New Line Cinema executives Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. That in mind, Unique has an exclusive deal with Warner Bros. giving the studio first-look rights to its pictures.

Released in February, Heavy Rain is a dark and utterly absorbing thriller where you set the rules and where the buck stops with you. With a killer on the loose and time running out, you must decide how far you’ll go to track him down. Since its launch, Heavy Rain has sold over a million copies.

Heavy Rain Breaks A Million

It’s official: Heavy Rain is a hit — it has received both commercial and critical praise, and it has now sold over 1 million units worldwide. With it exceeding sales expectations, Sony have announced that, during its first five weeks on the market, Heavy Rain has sold over 1 million units worldwide.

“It has been hugely gratifying to see the positive response that Heavy Rain has received from gamers” said Quantic Dream’s David Cage. “It shows that it is possible to create games that break with convention, games that seek to tell complex stories, and games that can inspire unexpected emotions in players – and that such games can be commercial as well as critical successes.”

Heavy Rain boasted a solid opening month in February, selling 219,000 units. Like previous titles developed by Quantic Dream, Heavy Rain eschews normal game genres for a more cinematic approach, focusing on complex storytelling and emotion via realistic graphics.

Heavy Rain Requires 4.5GB Install

Prepare your HDD because, just like many other games on the system, Heavy Rain requires an install; respectively to help eliminate in-game hiccups. According to JustPushPlay, Heavy Rain’s installation will set you back exactly 4.5 gigabytes of space, however exactly how long the install will take, is still a mystery.

Quantic Dream Censors Heavy Rain For Different Regions

It shouldn’t came as any surprise that Quantic Dream would doing this after Heavy Rain’s nude scene controversy. In order to keep Heavy Rain from getting banned in other regions of the world, Quantic Dream is censoring the game, said the game’s exclusive producer.

In an interview pushing Heavy Rain towards the Japanese market, Guillaume de Fondaumiere told viewers that although Heavy Rain is designed for the mature audience, it may not be expected everywhere, and for that, the developer will be censoring it for those regions.

“We wanted to have pretty much the same game everywhere, be it Europe, in the United States, or in Japan, of course, with slight adaptions,” he said. “But I don’t think the changes we made will make a big difference; those are real modular things. We felt the need to adapt the content to the culture.”

Heavy Rain is scheduled to launch early in 2010, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

Christmas Market “Brutal” For New IPs

Speaking exclusively to Gamesindustry.biz, Ubisoft Game Designer Michael de Plater acknowledges that the festive holiday season is a “brutal” duration to release new IPs and that many good games could fall wayside as a result.

“It’s a bit tough to launch a new IP exactly at Christmas when you’re head-to-head with blockbuster sequels. It’s interesting to see a number of big titles, like Heavy Rain, being targeted at 2010 to avoid the Christmas rush,” he explained. “And Ubisoft’s got Ruse coming out in 2010. Even God of War 3’s in 2010, that’s how brutal it is. I mean, you’ve got Assassins Creed 2, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2.”

“To me, it’s been a period of enormous change, and the last four years I would say has been the time when games have actually surpassed movies as the premium blockbuster entertainment,” he continues.

Speaking of, the summer is basically an empty season for video games. I don’t know why developers and publishers can’t just space things out because, like I said, the summer season is basically empty for video games.

Heavy Rain Pushed Into 2010, “Space To Live”

This holiday season we’re going to have to dig deep into our pockets to find the money for buying video games, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Brutal Legend, and Assassin’s Creed II. But, the developers behind Heavy Rain want their project to be really successful. And have push the game back beyond the holiday rush.

When speaking to GI.biz in a interview, Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere stated that the Holiday ’09 release date for Heavy Rain was “a very crowded place”. As an affect, they have pushed Heavy Rain into 2010.

“Purely from my perspective, most publishers today realise that it’s not ideal to release a new IP or a new genre just before Christmas,” he said in the interview. “It’s a very crowded place to be, and certain games need more space to live their life. Everybody at working on the project, both at Quantic and Sony, believe this is the right time.”

More info should be revealed during Gamescom in Cologne next month on its new release date.

Heavy Rain “Mad Jack” Gameplayer Trailer

heavyrainNo, this isn’t a teaser for a promotion to reveal a “world premier” trailer during a major sport event, it’s an actual trailer that, by god, is more exciting then the end of days  itself – because whats fun about the end of something? And if you didn’t get that, I’m talking about life itself.

Anyway, lets get back on topic. This is the newest trailer for the long awaited video game Heavy Rain and it features two characters from within the universe; a cop, and Mad Jack, the villain from this clip.