Heavy Rain cost $21 million, made $131 million, Quantic Dream says

Quantic Dream's Guillaume de Fondaumiere says the Heavy Rain's strong return proves that new ideas can also be profitable.

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Heavy Rain was a showpiece for the PlayStation 3, and could have even been thought of as a vanity project. But the game actually did very well for Sony, according to Quantic Dream's producer Guillaume de Fondaumiere, reinforcing the studio's belief that new ideas can be financially successful.

Speaking at a conference in Poland reported by Eurogamer, Fondaumiere claimed that Heavy Rain took only 16.7 million euros (approximately $21 million) to make, but Sony earned more than 100 million euros (approximately $131 million) in return. He used the example to illustrate the point that game developers shouldn't think of innovation is always unprofitable.

He also pointed out that people traditionally outside the video game market, like wives and girlfriends, would play it with their partners. That might tempt those same people to go buy their own games with similar narrative strengths. "Creating new experiences is also a way to expand the market," he said.

Fondaumiere also noted that the perception of games is shifting. In 2004, he said he met with actor Leonardo DiCaprio about doing games, but he was hesitant. Beyond: Two Souls, by comparison, has snagged both Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.

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    April 19, 2013 10:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Heavy Rain cost $21 million, made $131 million, Quantic Dreams says.

    Quantic Dream's Guillaume de Fondaumiere says the Heavy Rain's strong return proves that new ideas can also be profitable.

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      April 19, 2013 10:01 AM

      yay :D :D

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      April 19, 2013 10:04 AM

      Cool, I thought pretty negatively of Heavy Rain when I saw the original trailers and promo stuff (what, a videogame that is one huge QTE?!?!) but ended up enjoying it once I finally played it. I'm interested to see what David Cage comes up with next for the PS4.

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      April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

      It's always a good time to post this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FSiZHPuq5Y

      Guy and his Dad play Heavy Rain and talk about how ridiculous it is.

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      April 19, 2013 10:10 AM

      Wow. I guess a lot of people pressed X to Jason.

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      April 19, 2013 10:18 AM

      Thats good, its not perfect but helluva lot more interesting than a lot of big budget games.

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      April 19, 2013 10:26 AM

      Shaun! Shaun! Shaun! SHAUN! Shuan! SHUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

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      April 19, 2013 10:28 AM

      Was this game ever ported to the PC?

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      April 19, 2013 10:54 AM

      I really need to find a copy of this and play it. I've been talking to my wife about it for almost 2 years now since we got a PS3.

      She does not like video games, but I thought this might help bridge the interest gap. She was intrigued by the parts of LA Noire that she did see.

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        April 19, 2013 11:59 AM

        You definitely need to try it then. My wife plays no games and always rolls her eyes and makes fun of me for the games I play, but when she saw Heavy Rain she sat down and started watching me play like it was a movie she wanted to see. She got so invested in it she yelled at me for playing some while she wasn't there to see it - all that without ever picking up the controller.

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          April 21, 2013 10:04 PM

          Exact same thing happened to me. My girlfriend insisted that I don't play a minute of the game when she wasn't there to watch.

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      April 19, 2013 11:48 AM

      Considering all the tech I thought it would've cost a bit more.

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      April 19, 2013 11:56 AM

      Seems perfect for those with a BioShock hangover. I enjoyed it.

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