Heavy Rain Delayed Until 2010 Due to “Needing it’s Own Release Window”
Quantic Dreams really seems to need some great sales on Heavy Rain as they are looking for the perfect launch window and taking a chance in delaying the game too far.
Hopefully they will refine the game even more using this time to their advantage.
I can say that after their most recent “Love” trailer, they have at least one sale as the story looks to be and epic drama.
Quantic Dream co-CEO, Guillaume de Fondaumiere told CVG that the key reason for Heavy Rain’s delay from late 2009 to early 2010 was because the game needs “its own release window”.
“The first and most important reason [for the delay] was the fact that I don’t think that such an innovative game like Heavy Rain and a new franchise should be released at the end of the year in the crowded period when everyone’s releasing there games,” de Fondaumiere told CVG. Modern Warfare 2 immediately springs to mind.
“A game like Heavy Rain needs space, needs to be explained and shown. At the end of the year, people can’t afford to buy all those games so we wanted to give Heavy Rain the chance to have its own release window, and for us to really talk about it so people really understand it.”
Fondaumiere believes that HR will be a test bed for how ready the industry is for this sort of innovation.
“If Heavy Rain doesn’t succeed it’s going to have important implications for other developers and for ourselves – maybe people will think ‘those innovative games don’t work, games cannot really convey realistic emotions.’ And they will continue to do the standard shooters and the like that we have been doing for however many years,” he said.