David Cage on Heavy Rain’s Commercial Success

April 10, 2010Written by Zak Islam

Before its release, Heavy Rain’s commercial success was a storm cloud of uncertainty. Developer Quantic Dream aimed to deliver a unique, deeply emotional experience like never before, leaving reluctant gamers unsure if the genre defining game would suit them. Heavy Rain went on to sell more than 200,000 copies on launch day. Now, the game’s director, David Cage, has officially revealed how many units the PS3 exclusive has sold since its February 23rd release date and what he expects regarding the future of the Origami killer.

During an interview with German website, Play3, the man behind the ambitious title reveals the game has surpassed many expectations in terms of sales and reveals his expectations for future sales.

We have sold more than 1 million copies of Heavy Rain worldwide. That was a surprise to many, since estimated sales were between 200,000 to 300,000 units. We estimate that by the end of the year, we will have sold 1.5 million copies and are very pleased with the reception.

Our game isn’t an action game, it’s not a role-playing game, [and] it’s not an adventure. It isn’t in any one genre. When you create a new, convention-busting game to the market, it’s always a risk, both for the developer and the publisher.