If there’s one “hardcore” title that could make good use of the PlayStation Move’s technology, it would have to be Heavy Rain. With such a unique approach to both gameplay and storytelling, there is no doubt that Quantic Dream’s latest creation would be a perfect fit for motion controls.
However, one important question remains: will Heavy Rain support the PlayStation Move?
Quantic Dream’s David Cage had a lot to share with Destructiod on the matter, explaining the studio’s initial plans for expanding gameplay beyond the conventional controller. In fact, the team designed a working motion controller of their own specifically for Heavy Rain. While Cage didn’t go into all that much detail regarding the controller’s specifics, he did say that it was designed for two hands and is “very different” than Sony’s PlayStation Move.
In the end, the team decided to hold off on the motion controller for now, realizing that creating a device that would only work for a single game wasn’t all that practical. With regard to his feelings toward the viability of such technology, he “wouldn’t say it’s the next step. It’s… something we will look at with some interest. We want to see if it’s possible to create something that’s not family entertainment or casual games, to see if it’s possible to use it in the context of a more serious experience,” Cage said.
It’s really only a matter of time before we see either Heavy Rain or Quantic Dream’s next project make use of the PlayStation Move. To be honest, I’m a little surprised that the development team didn’t follow through with their original motion controller. Considering the success that the original Guitar Hero saw when it introduced it’s own “controller” that functioned specifically for a single game, I’m shocked that other games (outside the music/rhythm genre) haven’t attempted to replicate their success.
If anything, it looks like the real reason David Cage backed out of developing a unique controller was due to the fact that Sony was already hard at work on one of their own. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Cage pulled support for the controller as soon as he got wind of the PlayStation Move’s existence.
Regardless, it will be exciting to see where the team goes from here. While we can’t say for sure whether or not the PlayStaion Move is in their future, it sure is likely.