Heavy Rain was turned down by Microsoft for being too controversial?

Heavy-RainHeavy Rain is a key example where the lines of movie and video game begin to blur. It is one of the key next-gen titles that set the bar for PS3 exclusives, but very few people know that at one point the Quantic Dream title almost made its way onto the Xbox 360.

Quantic Dream’s David Cage spoke at the BAFTA’s annual video game lecture recently and during his speech, the game developer revealed that Microsoft shot down the game because the company believed it was too controversial.

We were pitching Heavy Rain to different publishers, including Sony, and we went to Microsoft. We had a very long talk and they loved Fahrenheit, and they really wanted to do something with us. They got scared by the fact that Heavy Rain was about kids being kidnapped, and they said, ‘This is an issue, we want to change it’. Well, we could have kidnapped cats, it would be a different experience!

For me, that was a very interesting signal. It was like, you know what, I don’t think we can work together, because you don’t understand what I’m to achieve here.

They were scared of the scandal and scared of what people may write and what people may think. ‘Oh, this is a developer and the publisher making games about a child getting kidnapped’. When you play Heavy Rain, I don’t think this is what the game is about. Microsoft is a great company; I’m not complaining or criticizing. I’m just saying that there was some resistance at the time that was not in sync with what we wanted to achieve.

We had this conversation with Sony very honestly saying, ‘Okay, there is a reason here’. But I think they understand the upside of what we were doing. This could be incredibly emotional, if done with taste and if there’s nothing shocking for the sake of shocking. There should be a strong emotional experience, but it shouldn’t be vulgar, it shouldn’t be about blood and whatever, it should be about love.

We could understand each other, and this is how Heavy Rain happened.

The Fahrenheit console port, Indigo Prophecy, was on both the PS2 and the Xbox. It is interesting to find out now the events that made Quantic Dream a PlayStation-only studio.

David Cage and Quantic Dream’s next title,¬†Beyond: Two Souls, is scheduled to be released October 8th this year exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

Source: Digital Spy

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