Motion Controlled Heavy Rain a Possibility

Heavy Rain, the upcoming interactive crime-thriller for the PS3, uses the SixAxis’ motion controls for a variety of actions. Players shake cartons of orange juice, kick open doors and prep inhalers by shaking the controller.

In a recent interview with Norwegian video game site Dagbladet.no Quantic Dream co-CEO David Cage revealed that Heavy Rain was originally intended to be a motion controlled title.

“The very first version of the game design was based on motion control, but it was not feasible at the time,” said Cage.

Gamers should not abandon hope about ever playing that original vision. Sony’s answer to the Wii Remote, currently rumored to be named ‘Arc’, is set to be released later this year. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition and Little Big Planet are two of the titles developers plan on using to showcase the new controller. David Cage stated that Heavy Rain could be added to that list.

“I have a lot of interest in Sony’s motion device and there is a good chance that we announce something about it in the coming weeks,” said Cage.

It’s pure speculation regarding how the controls would be implemented. Will it be a re-release, like Resident Evil 5, or will control be patched in, similar to Little Big Planet? The Terminal Gamer team will let you know as soon as an announcement is made.

Heavy Rain is developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. The title puts players in four different roles as each character tries to discover the identity of the Origami Killer, a psychopath who drowns children and leaves a small paper figurine in their hands when the body is disposed of. Similar to Quantic Dream’s previous title Indigo Prophecy (named Fahrenheit in Europe) the game plays similar to early point-and-click PC titles with a large number of quick-time-events inserted in for action sequences. The game will be released exclusively on the Playstation 3 on February 23 in the US, the 24 in Europe and the 25 in the UK. It will retail for $59.99 USD.

Source: Dagbladet.no [via MTV Multiplayer Blog]