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Microsoft Turned Down Heavy Rain to Avoid Potential Controversy

Posted on September 4, 2013 AT 04:45am

Microsoft turned down Heavy Rain due to its portrayal of child kidnapping, Quantic Dream development boss David Cage revealed.

Speaking at the BAFTA annual games lecture in London today, Cage revealed that Heavy Rain was shown to several publishers before a deal with Sony was made. Cage said that Microsoft was impressed with 2005 title Fahrenheit, but had issues with the topics addressed in Heavy Rain.

“They got scared by the fact that Heavy Rain was about kids being kidnapped, and they said, ‘This is an issue, we want to change it’. Well, we could have kidnapped cats, it would be a different experience!” he said. ”For me, that was a very interesting signal. It was like, you know what, I don’t think we can work together, because you don’t understand what I [want] to achieve here.

“They were scared of the scandal and scared of what people may write and what people may think. ‘Oh, this is a developer and the publisher making games about a child getting kidnapped’.”

Heavy Rain was released exclusively for PlayStation 3 back in 2010.

Via: Digital Spy

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