Heavy Rain was released in early 2010 and is a story about the relationship between fathers and sons. In the game, the son of the main character, Ethan Mars, has been kidnapped by the mysterious Origami Killer, who sends Ethan a series of twisted challenges he must complete if he wants to save his boy.
These include killing a man, driving at high speed the wrong way on the motorway and cutting off his own finger. It makes you think about the question - how far would you really be willing to go to save someone you love?
People initially dismissed the concept of Heavy Rain as being just another FMV game, but although interactive movie is probably the best way to describe it, it soon became obvious it was much more than that. Like Fahrenheit, you play different characters including Ethan himself, a private investigator called Scott Shelby who has been hired by the victims' families and Madison Paige, a journalist who also finds herself looking into the Origami Killer. It's so unique that it's the kind of game everyone should play, if only to decide they hate it.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
David has gone on the record to say that he has no interest in making Heavy Rain 2 as he believes the company's strength lies in breaking new ground. In interviews, he's hinted that the next game will be similar to Heavy Rain in terms of gameplay mechanics and style but with a very different story. It's been confirmed that Sony will be publishing the next two games from the studio.
A big fan of the classics, David has expressed an interest in making a game based around one of the Shakespearian tragedies, but it's not known if he was just theorising about it or if he was serious about putting the idea into practice. In 2005, it was revealed that The Nomad Soul 2 was in development and would be called Omikron: Karma, but then it was put on hold to focus on Heavy Rain.
Another title that was announced in 2005 was Infraworld, about which literally nothing is known. The project was said to have been cancelled, but earlier this year a trademark was taken out on the name, fuelling speculation that it might be back from the dead.
A film based on Heavy Rain is on the way from Warner Bros., with NYPD Blue with Deadwood writer David Milch working on the script. The movie is titled 'Rain'.