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Heavy Rain creator's stunning short film showcases new game engine

We have a special place in our hearts for the ambitious PS3-exclusive Heavy Rain, even if its reach occasionally exceeded its grasp. Still it was hard not to feel a certain disconnect at times between the characters' bodies and faces. Developer Quantic Dream (and studio head David Cage) have been hard at work on a new PS3-friendly game engine while working on the follow-up to Heavy Rain, and while they weren't ready to show us that game yet, they were ready to premiere this haunting short film created with the engine. Watch...

Cage mentioned that this specially crafted, PS3-specific, engine was built to use full body capturing (like Avatar used) to make the in-game performance of people (and robots) seem realer than ever. We're not sure just what game can be made with this, but we hope it impresses us half as much as this stunning short. Check out our full rundown of Cage's GDC panel here.

18 comments

  • Arabacus Fox - March 10, 2012 10:15 p.m.

    You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!
  • Meshakhad - March 9, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    Has this ground been covered a hundred times before? Yes. Did that prevent this video from evoking a genuine emotional reaction from me? No. Do I want to see a game or film about Kara? Yes. Oh, and I suppose the graphics were pretty sweet too.
  • kiing8kong6 - March 8, 2012 2:37 p.m.

    It's going be amazing...
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - March 8, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    The tech here doesn't really seem that much more advanced than what we saw in Heavy Rain. However, I REALLY like the concept for this video, and a little sad that it's not necessarily the basis of their next project. Overall, it's a really cool demo, though the dialogue/acting for the guy kind of sucks.
  • rob619 - March 8, 2012 5:18 a.m.

    Woww, Heavy Rain was one of the best game experiences I have had since gaming for over 15 years! So anything they produce deserves huge respect, this should be made into a game. Similar game play like Heavy Rain. I'd buy it on day one!
  • samsneeze - March 8, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    Heavy Rain is a gaming experience? It sure fooled me.
  • Y2Ken - March 8, 2012 4:29 a.m.

    Well it's a pretty familiar concept but I enjoyed it, very well made and impressive tech. Good voice from the lady too.
  • DrFred79 - March 8, 2012 1:21 a.m.

    This guy should stick to movies instead of trying to make actual games...
  • burnsideking24 - March 7, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    This should be a preview of their next game! Hell, this should be a movie! I'd love to watch what happens to Kara next!
  • HipsterKitten - March 7, 2012 10:16 p.m.

    Why isn't this a real movie/game! :(
  • samsneeze - March 7, 2012 10:14 p.m.

    Here's hoping whatever game they make next isn't entirely based on QTEs. Sixty dollars for a four or five hour movie is not money well spent.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - March 7, 2012 9:49 p.m.

    And that's how the Robopocalypse starts.
  • MasterBhater - March 7, 2012 8:56 p.m.

    Almost as realistic as LA Noire, and I liked the concept behind short, despite being a bit cheezy
  • barrage7667 - March 7, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    @radiodeaf This isn't a new game it is a short story testing the new graphics. This isn't a preview for a game or anything it is merely a story in and of itself.
  • radiodeaf - March 8, 2012 4:58 a.m.

    does that matter to the point I made barrage7667?? Game or demo.... critiquing a story for not being "unique" is useless... what matters is how it was told.
  • radiodeaf - March 7, 2012 8:24 p.m.

    @barrage7667 LOLOL overdone storyline? wouldn't that be every story in history? The stories we love today are not exactly new...but how they are told can be... and if this is as good as heavy rain, then I'm very excited. Story wise, I can't wait! =)
  • barrage7667 - March 7, 2012 8:18 p.m.

    Overdone storyline but still great short and absolutely amazing graphics. Makes me giddy with excitement
  • radiodeaf - March 7, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    oops...should have replied. If you can tell me one story that is completely new... I would appreciate it. But then again I think you would be wiser to write it yourself... LOL

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