There’s bad news afoot if you’re in the camp that loved Heavy Rain: Developer Quantic Dream has indefinitely shelved plans to release new downloadable episodes for the game. And it’s all Playstation Move’s fault. Speaking to NowGamer, Heavy Rain director and designer David Cage explained that the team had to stop working on DLC to retrofit the Playstation Move motion controller into the full game.
Quantic Dream originally planned to release three new episodes, each about an hour long, explaining the backstories of Heavy Rain characters. “I thought fans would really enjoy these episodes because they explained many aspects of HR and why characters are who they are,” Cage said.
The decision to table DLC in favor of Move support came from Sony HQ. “This is a decision I can understand, and I am certainly happy we had the opportunity to play with this device and to support it, although I am certainly disappointed for fans we could not finish the story of HR the way we intended,” Cage said.
Why not just finish up the DLC after adding Move support? There’s just not enough time. Quantic Dream wants to get cracking on its next (unannounced) project, Cage said, so any more time spent on Heavy Rain would mean delays on whatever’s coming up. That seems fair. I’d rather see something new from the experimental studio than see Quantic Dream get bogged down in Heavy Rain for too long, but I’d also rather see those new episodes than experience the same game with more hand-waving.