Heavy Rain screenshot
Heavy Rain screenshot

While Quantic Dream founder David Cage says the Heavy Rain experience will be self contained on the Blu-ray disc, he has revealed the studio is in talks with Sony about offering additional story elements via DLC.

"It's a self-contained experience. We won't release the end of the game as DLC that you need to pay for. The game has all the scenes it's supposed to have. It's a complete story," Cage told VideoGamer.com at gamescom last week. "But we are talking with Sony at the moment about having maybe extra downloadable content, maybe with prequels or sequels about the characters. I'm sure people will get attached to some of them and will want to know them even better."

Cage also confirmed that the game will have some online features.

"We're working on this at the moment, having some content online and different features online," he said. "But it won't be of course multiplayer. It's a single-player experience."

All this talk of DLC and online features doesn't mean the game will be a short experience. Cage estimates that a single walk though is likely to take between eight and ten hours, and then there's the replay value.

"I didn't want the game to be too long, to be honest," Cage explained. "I'm telling a story and I want to create a very intense journey. It's difficult to create this emotion through 40 hours. So depending on how you play, I think that one typical walk through would be between eight and ten hours depending on how much you want to explore. It's really up to you."

He added: "That's all four characters. Their destinies are interlaced, so you play one scene with one and another scene with another, so it's not like you pick up one at the beginning and you play all the way through. Everything is interlaced. So I would say eight to ten hours would be a typical walk through, but of course you can replay scenes. There is a big replayability value."

Heavy Rain is scheduled for release early in 2010 exclusively for PS3.

Do you like the idea of prequel and sequel DLC? Is a 8-10 hour game about right? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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clangod

This seems like the perfect title for DLC. I wonder though how much more they can expand on the story given that as stated it is the complete package off the shelf.

I hope that any prequel DLC isn't as cheesy as most prequels usually are. Let's say that given the uniqueness of the title, we should be able to expect something special.
Posted 05:14 on 29 August 2009
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Mh666

They can put the taxidermist demo as a DLC
Posted 23:06 on 26 August 2009
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DarthKratos7

yeah.. 15-20 hours is perfect timing.
Posted 19:41 on 26 August 2009
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gtd

TBH 8-10hrs seems too short to me.
Posted 18:53 on 26 August 2009
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rbevanx

To me its about quality rather than quantity and I would bet money this will be a good game.
Posted 16:26 on 26 August 2009
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Wido

Quote:
"I didn't want the game to be too long, to be honest," Cage explained. "I'm telling a story and I want to create a very intense journey. It's difficult to create this emotion through 40 hours. So depending on how you play, I think that one typical walk through would be between eight and ten hours depending on how much you want to explore. It's really up to you."

You don't hear that much from developers. Im liking this David Cage, he has come out and said hes telling a story. Already its a positive as its going to grip people into wanting more information about these characters, so DLC is the right place to go.
Posted 14:52 on 26 August 2009
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Mr_Ninjutsu

i do, especially when there are multiple play throughs so really its a lot longer than they are saying. or is it 8-10 hours with all characters in one playthrough?
Posted 14:34 on 26 August 2009

Game Stats

Release Date: 26/02/2010
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 316 1
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