Heavy Rain Paris Launch Party Recap

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As you already know, Heavy Rain drops this Tuesday, and that means this weekend’s wait will most likely seem undoubtedly long. To help ease the pain, PlayStation.Blog.Europe‘s Jem Alexander comes bearing gifts: videos, pictures and a first-hand account of this week’s Parisian activities. Take it away, Jem!

I hope you’re ready for lots of Heavy Rain content, because while we were at the big Launch Party in Paris this week we managed to secure a nice amount of interview and video content which should tide you over until well after the game comes out next week. To kick things off we’ve got a short teaser video and some photos which should give you an idea of what the launch event was like. I would’ve loved for you all to have been there with us, but hopefully this is the next best thing.

The event took place at the Gaumont Cinema on the Champs Elysees in Paris, where David Cage (Writer/Director), Guillaume de Fondaumiere (Executive Producer), Pascal Langdale (Actor – Ethan Mars), Sam Douglas (Actor – Scott Shelby), Leon Ockenden (Actor – Norman Jayden) and Jacqui Ainsley (Actor – Madison Paige) met members of the film and game media and members of the public. After having played through the game last week, it was very surreal to see them walking around in the real world. The event involved much red carpet walking, hors d’oeuvre nibbling and industry mingling. Plus an ice sculpture in the shape of an origami. No, really.

Heavy Rain Launch Event

A cut down video edit of the first section of the game was shown to media on one of the Gaumont’s many cinema screens. There aren’t many games which can be confidently displayed on the silver screen in front of dozens of members of the press but, if the applause was anything to go by, they seemed to love it. After this, director Neil LaBute stepped in to present a short film, which he had directed specially for the event, based on Heavy Rain‘s central premise: how far would you go to save someone you love? It’s a short seven minute talking heads piece involving a wide range of film industry members, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Hanif Kureishi, Nicolas Roeg, Stephen Frears, Ben Chaplin, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Bogdanovich and Jean Marc Barr. Check it out for yourself below.

This was followed by a Q&A panel involving Mr. LaBute alongside David Cage, Terry Gilliam, Martha Fiennes and Mathieu Kassovitz, during which they discussed how the film and game industries were merging. It was a pretty lively debate and we’re hoping to get you a video of that in the next week or so. It was great to see the enthusiastic responses from these respected industry veterans towards Heavy Rain.

The second day of the event was only slightly less glamorous, but no less interesting. Media had interviews with the actors, David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere and you can see our interviews with them begin to appear next week. Thanks again for answering my request for interview questions. I’ll leave you with the teaser video taken at the red carpet event and you can look forward to plenty more Heavy Rain content on PlayStation.Blog in the coming weeks. Plus, you’ll be able to pick up the game and play it for yourself on Wednesday in mainland Europe and Friday in the UK (and Tuesday in North America).

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  • Such a nice piece to watch ^_^

  • good job sony i was watchen gameplay last night on jtv live it looks good nice endings to saw dif endings it was good

  • This game is great, can’t wait till next week.

  • Awesome videos. Pre-Ordered this and cannot wait for the game to show up on my door step. Only problem is it will probably cut into some of my homework time. :(

  • I don’t know, I wouldn’t say the wait “will most likely seem undoubtedly long.” I’m thinking the wait will undoubtedly seem most likely long. In any event, I’m really hoping some unscrupulous and/or dumb retailer will break street date, because I would love to get started this weekend.

  • Interesting artsy video, especially when Samuel L Jackson said he’d be spending money to have someone not kill the guy but F*** him every day. Good to know he can break character

  • Thanks for making the few days left to wait on it feel even longer guys! :)

    Sucks that I have to work on the release day until way up in the night! Do you think I should play hooky?

  • wow the actors that played the 4 main characters look very identical to the ones in the game.

  • Sam Jackson :]

  • Shame the actual “gameplay” is so clunky, unintuitive, and lame.

    A whole game based on QTE?

    Hello yesteryear.

  • I pre-ordered two copies of the game! I can’t wait for it to come out. I’m looking forward to the questionnaire!

  • I like Sam Jackson, but his comments seemed so out of place in the first video

  • Fantastic!

  • oh god yes. my bitrthday is on monday and the game comes out on tuesday. i took both days off from work and i will enjoy every bit of the game. thank you quantic dream for game and playstation blog for the news. perfect b-day gifts.

  • What is love?

  • I have been following this game since it was titled “the origami killer” and I have had it paid off for weeks now…I can’t wait till Tuesday to pick it up.

  • Does any of these video contain any spoiler? I want to know before I view them.

  • I have it pre-ordered, Me and my cousin played the demo the other night and played out the Shelby scene in like six different ways!!! It was awesome and hilarious because in one of them we just stood outside the chick’s door as she screamed for like 5 minutes waiting to see if the thug would come out of her apartment, but when he didn’t we went in and let him beat the crap out of Shelby lol, so she had bruises all over her face and so did Shelby lol, it was hilarious, good times, yes I’m evil!!! 8P 8)

  • Cant wait to get my hands on it

  • *Applause*

    The videos were awesome. The ideas, in the first piece, were very intriguing. I can’t wait for the emotional roller coaster, that is, Heavy Rain.

    Maybe I feel this was because I watched “American Beauty” today. If the game is anything like that, I will be pleased.

    Day 1 buy, for sure!

  • can’t wait for Heavy Rain, but it’s getting really annoying not being able to watch vids on this site with the PS3 browser…REALLY ANNOYING…and sad

  • this is evidence that there’s a need to produce something different to challenge the ever-changing needs of the gaming community. only when you push the envelope and really pull all stops when it comes to being creative can you really come up with something that’s never been done before.

    for sure, it’s these reasons that make me proud to be a fanboy!

  • Cmon Gamefly, deliver me Heavy Rain early!!!!


    really looking forward to it, hopefully in the game there is an option to “run”…in the demo the characters seemed to move too slow!

  • My b-day is on Monday as well and I can’t wait to play this while I’m off of work recovering from the hangover I’m going to get from partying all weekend.

    Been waiting for this game for awhile and it’s perfect for something to get out of the usual games I have in my library.

  • Awesome, Samuel L. Jackson!

  • @11
    looks like a n00b to PSN
    must be a 360 fanboy

  • This game will be epic!! Please bring some Heavy Rain content to Home NA!!!

  • Cant wait! few more days!

  • I myself cannot wait for this game either. I wish they had a midnight launch and maybe give out something from the game. Oh well I guess I have to wait til Tuesday. *sigh*

  • @11
    Toobad you didnt even bother to try a demo… or even try to read about the game.

    Hello Troll.

  • Nicely done. Too bad we the public never get opportunities like this. Heck, I’d even pay to go a spiffy (no teenager in the lineups) game launch dinner party.

  • Can’t wait to pick this up next week!

  • Nicholas Hoult!!! Great videos, nice game.

  • Can’t freakin wait. Preordered a few weeks ago along with MLB10

  • So is this game seriously not going to have an advertisement prior to release? That’s irresponsible.

  • There must be advertisement in the US for this game! But I don´t see any and this game is releasing next week. This is madness. Why are we not seeing Kevin Butler whit a “Only everything” ad..? This game is making a new genre and should be a shining gem in SONYS portfolio! This game needs to sell well! It deserve it and I want more games like this. Come on SONY!

  • Sweet stuff

    Off topic: A Boeing 747 airplane just flew about 300 feet above my house. That was loud as hell!!! And scary.

  • My birthday is Feb 21st. Could some one at Sony call my local GameStop and tell them to let me take my pre-ordered copy of Heavy Rain early… Thanks.

    I’ve not been this excited to play a game in a long time. I can’t wait.

  • Pickin up my preordered copy on Tues. Won’t have a full day of playing it until Sat. :(

    Extremely interested in seeing what Terry Gilliam has to say about the game/ gaming industry.

  • How’s that DLC launch going btw?

    Delayed by a week?

    Oh, what a shame.

  • would buy this game but my PS3 got the yellow light of death :(. Now to save some money

  • Makes me more exited to get this game on Tuesday. By far the female roles and the guy that play Scott Shelby are by far the most look alike of the bunch. It’s amazing!!!

  • i have heavy rain for ps3 how in the world do u get past the transtation, also if you pre ordered the game can you give me the dlc thank you.

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