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Heavy Rain Goes Gold, Demo Coming February 11

Jefferson Dong's Avatar Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 // Product Marketing Manager, SCEA

It’s official! Heavy Rain has now gone gold in North America and is off to manufacturing. This PlayStation 3 exclusive, psychological thriller will be available at retail on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 (mark it on your calendar). Don’t forget to pre-order your copy now so you will receive the first chapter of Heavy Rain Chronicles (upcoming downloadable-only episodes for Heavy Rain) at no cost, and you’ll be able to download the first chapter once you’ve picked up your copy of Heavy Rain (otherwise, all others will need to pay $4.99 per chapter and won’t be able to download until a month later — more info to come on Heavy Rain Chronicles).

In addition, we are also confirming that the Heavy Rain demo will be available in North America on Thursday, February 11, 2010 (mark it on your calendar) for download from the PlayStation Store. The demo will allow players to play two chapters from Heavy Rain, featuring Norman Jayden, an FBI agent brought in to help local authorities track down the Origami Killer, and Scott Shelby, a private detective hired by the families of past victims of the Origami Killer to find the serial killer.

And finally, enjoy the new trailer for Heavy Rain!

//Add Your Own



+ Tommy012345 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:28 pm said:

Oh My! The Origami Killers using an iPad to Torture Ethan!


+ Taker_129 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

This game can’t come quick enough. I have mine pre-ordered and ready to go on release day. thank you sony and Quantic Dream for creating such a masterpiece


+ Terranz22 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

Question about the pre ordering thing to get the DLC. I went to my local gamestop and they said they didn’t see where it’s stated that if I preorder I get the DLC. So I have not preordered yet, what’s happening there? I am definitely gonna pre order though, but yea.


+ MassaBR on January 28th, 2010 at 2:38 pm said:

If you don’t mind, could you please confirm the list of supported languages (audio & subtitles) on the disc?



+ inspace2020 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:38 pm said:

HELL YES!!! My most anticipated game of the year so far!


+ Sponge-worthy on January 28th, 2010 at 2:40 pm said:

Congrats on going gold.

I was going to pre-order the game. After the cover art was shown, however, I changed my mind on the off chance that the artistic choices within the game are just as misguided as those that went into the packaging. Will check out the demo and post-launch reviews.


+ BrazilianSniper on January 28th, 2010 at 2:43 pm said:

Cannot wait, the trailer looks really cool.


+ RuthlessEd on January 28th, 2010 at 2:48 pm said:


“Going Gold” has nothing to do with selling 500k copies. Or selling any copies for that matter.

It means that the company has finalized the version of code that will appear on the Blu-Ray disc. And can now send it out for mass-production.

Any changes after “Gold” will come in the form of downloaded patches.


+ Darth-Krayt on January 28th, 2010 at 2:52 pm said:

Gold is not a sales reference. Gold refers to the fact that the “Gold copy” or the “Master copy” has been printed. In other words the copy that all the rest of the copies are copied from.

@ AlbertPerk
I never for a second thought the game would disappoint. I already have it pre-ordered. And I know the date has been set, but dates CAN be pushed back. It’s not like that’s never happened in gaming.

I was just saying that judging by the Heavy Rain blog on IGN, particularly yesterdays post, you’d never think that the very next day the game would be announced “Gold”. He was talking about frustration with finishing the game, and never thinking it would get finished. And was talking about the work he still had to go.

I just thought those IGN Blog posts were “real-time” thoughts. They obviously weren’t.


+ m1ndz_ on January 28th, 2010 at 2:52 pm said:

Awesome can’t wait to try out the demo ;) i already pre-ordered my copy

Heavy Rain <3


+ sam_i_jam on January 28th, 2010 at 2:53 pm said:

I want this game so badly it hurts. I cannot bloody wait.


+ EventStatus on January 28th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

Already have this paid off and waiting. Looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll see more of Heavy Rain in the future. Only thing I could see adding to this already great game, is face-mapping. Putting yourself in a virtual movie/dramatic game would be pretty cool to see.

Rainbow 6 Vegas 2 has it, and it’s great to see a use for the PSEye.


+ ynp7 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:56 pm said:

It took this long to go to manufacturing and you couldn’t swap out that artwork for something better? A blank piece of paper with “Heavy Rain” written in magic marker would have be better.

Game looks great though. Can’t wait!


+ RuthlessEd on January 28th, 2010 at 2:57 pm said:

#59 Darth-Krayt:

Perhaps some of your comments in Internet forums got the company to decide to go Gold sooner than they were originally planning.

You managed to stop the negative MAG reviews. So perhaps you managed to speed up development on Heavy Rain.


+ Terranz22 on January 28th, 2010 at 2:59 pm said:

@Sponge-worthy # 56. You do realize the devs of the game don’t choose the boxart right? You would be foolish to judge the game on just the cover.

Actually, you are foolish for already doing so.


+ xBlackBloodx on January 28th, 2010 at 3:00 pm said:


Cutting off your own finger…

Gah, this just went up in my book.

this trailer just made me so effing pumped.

i think equally pumped for God of War III!

God of War III Or Heavy Rain Bundle… Come on…

I have money, you like money, now make it happen.


+ poisonedsodapop on January 28th, 2010 at 3:01 pm said:

Glad to see the game has gone Gold. I’ll be waiting on this one though. Aside from lack of money, Indigo Prophecy was kinda… not as good as it should have been in my opinion.


+ D-Squad3 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:03 pm said:

I definitely need a demo for this.


+ LILBUDDY2000 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:15 pm said:

It’s going to be another awesome PS3 exclusive. To think two years ago the PS3 was struggling with tittles, now they are putting out quality exclusives 2-1 against the comp.


+ wanethemane93 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:25 pm said:

Can’t wait. Been anticipating this game since e3 05. Love Quantic’s work and David you are talented man. Its a first day purchase for me.
And I love how there are three post today about awesome titles coming to PlayStation in the next two months. Sony I love your products and games so much, been a fan since PS.


+ wanethemane93 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:27 pm said:

My B! I thought the audition footage was shown at E3 05, it was E3 06. I doesn’t matter anyway, its still been a while since the game’s announcement till release. But it doesn’t matter, cause that extra time has made for an even greater game.


+ Kchow23 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:32 pm said:

Yes about time… been waiting for this game!


+ MOE-GUNZ-JACKSON on January 28th, 2010 at 3:40 pm said:

Can’t wait…pre-ordered in full.


+ Kchow23 on January 28th, 2010 at 3:45 pm said:

The music in the last 2 trailers is amazing can’t wait for this game and GOW 3


+ SigmaGT on January 28th, 2010 at 4:01 pm said:

I’ll definetely be looking forward to this.


+ igorsport09 on January 28th, 2010 at 4:18 pm said:

Which languages are in the American version of the game?


+ jrivera0108 on January 28th, 2010 at 4:33 pm said:

Can’t wait for this demo:D Pre-ordered in full today…but at Best Buy :(


+ Thrasher20 on January 28th, 2010 at 4:34 pm said:

Everything I did, I did for video games, food, and money!!! LMFAO

I will download the demo once it debuts


+ kdiep on January 28th, 2010 at 4:35 pm said:

I’m so glad there’s a demo. Why? Because this game can only be understood by playing the game itself, it can’t be described. I would not be surprised if this game has a great word of mouth.

I might just buy this game on day one (and I never do that).


+ Neil on January 28th, 2010 at 4:44 pm said:

I’ve been avoiding everything Heavy Rain related. Don’t want to spoil anything. Can’t wait for it!


+ Destiny89 on January 28th, 2010 at 5:12 pm said:

Great video! im buying this


+ NelsonXVCT on January 28th, 2010 at 5:14 pm said:

I am looking forward to this interesting game.. or is it a game? Ouuu.
It goes in stores after my birthday .. Haha


+ Kamahl_rg on January 28th, 2010 at 5:31 pm said:

looking forward to it!


+ LordRaoh on January 28th, 2010 at 6:06 pm said:

already on pre order. i love qauntic dream’s willingness to against the grain and raise the bar.

i’m enjoying MAG, i have white knight cronicles, battlefield 2, god of war 3 all on pre order status, looking forward to eyepet, modnation racers, final fantasy iv, agency and dc universe..

but heavy rain is the one title i’m most excited for this year.. fell in love with indigo prophecy, sort of remember omikron.. even with just a handful of games out, quantic dreams is rising to the top of my list of favorite developers/companies in the gaming industry…

oh and i love the heavy rain animated theme.. that will be my theme for a long time..

for giggles you should throw the Heavy Rain Cast into uncharted 2’s multiplayer LOL that would be awesome..

also sony pictures should consider a mini movie (cgi or real life) quantic dreams stories really bring you in, an animated or real life film short by sony pictures almost seems like a no brainer…


+ Bleszid on January 28th, 2010 at 7:30 pm said:

So I’m playing the Four Day Challenge. I figured out the first puzzle but I don’t know where to enter my answer in at. Can someone help


+ thegriefer on January 28th, 2010 at 7:35 pm said:

such a great trailer! I dont know if i want to play the demo, because i dont want it to spoil anything.


+ eddieMX07 on January 28th, 2010 at 7:51 pm said:

Hey thanks mcbuttz78 for the reply… I just watch the video and it looks good game with impressive visual. I just wish I had a good enough computer to see it in HD. This is an interesting game that will definitely look into. Maybe I should start with the online experience


+ joostin on January 28th, 2010 at 8:47 pm said:

is this commercial available for download in 1080 via PStore?


+ SilverPR on January 28th, 2010 at 9:24 pm said:

One: When a game goes Gold it means is ready to be printout, that has pass the SCEA quality assurance and can be published.

Two: This is a shorter version of the Japanese trailer, but still interesting to make it more intriguing.

Three: Demo being worldwide in EU and US the same day??? I think I’m gonna faint, this had to be a dream. It’s a miracle.

You know, remember that Uncharted 2 commercial of the “girlfriend that thinks it a movie” spot, well they should do a part two of that “non-issue” with this game.


+ JRest on January 28th, 2010 at 10:49 pm said:

My anticipation for Heavy Rain has been so much, that I actually scheduled in advance to take TWO sick days. (And I’ve been teaching for 14 years).


+ Einhander138 on January 28th, 2010 at 10:54 pm said:

The fact that we’re getting an incomplete product (as in content is being withheld to be sold as DLC) is ensuring I’m not going to buy this.

Shame on QD and Sony for gouging customers.


+ SilverPR on January 28th, 2010 at 11:38 pm said:


That’s had been a trend that been to used by many in the video game industry since like last year. Take for example EA, nuff said on that. This has become a trend that some haven’t got used to it… well I got used to it and sooner or later all of us will, even if you hate it.


+ The_X_Factor_9 on January 29th, 2010 at 12:24 am said:

This game looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to it.


+ Shadow_Dancer on January 29th, 2010 at 1:05 am said:

Not sure if the demo is coming to PAL regions as well, but I don’t mind. I’ve already pre-ordered mine, so I don’t really like playing a demo of a game I know I’m getting (for fear of spoiling it)…One thing that disappoints me about this game is the action scenes. Why the QTE’s? Why not make it like other third-person games. That makes you more involved your character during these scenes than just pressing buttons!


+ PantherX on January 29th, 2010 at 1:54 am said:

Dont play the demo everyone! if ur like me and HR is already preordered or bought dont spoil anymore! go in fresh! itll be hard but u can do it! remember how we all felt when we played Indigo Prophecy thats the same feeling u go into this. Dont do it! Fight!


+ Thrill_Kill on January 29th, 2010 at 8:46 am said:

Bravo! Every time I see a new trailer for this game, I get even more excited about it!

I knew Heavy Rain was going to be special, and have waited for it since I first heard about it ages ago. With the first trailer of that womans face up close, and then the woman acting for the part….I can’t wait to finally get to play this great looking game!

*sigh* Sadly, I think I will import the euro special edition version though. Better cover art, and more content. They also got the better Killzone 2 as well. I’m getting used to importing though…Quest for Booty, SIREN, Killzone 2, Wipeout HD, The Last Guy, and now Heavy Rain. Well, at least you’ll still get your money somehow, right? :)


+ Tarheel_Mark on January 29th, 2010 at 9:27 am said:

So it begins…the great Q1 of our time.


+ mcbuttz78 on January 29th, 2010 at 11:06 am said:

But going gold man selling 500k copies .. No?? I understand the master copies are called gold and what have you.. But some time s when alot of them are pre orderd . They know it will sell alot, but if does not hit a certain number they push it back.. To make sure its fan base is on track with the marketing

It can mean both things,, .. Im just answering the sales side, ty for ansering the release side, Its up to the dev to answers both sides..



+ Subzero316 on January 29th, 2010 at 11:52 am said:

good to know heavy rain has gone gold,i also cant wait to check out the demo which falls on my birthday.


+ PHILLYD_1230 on January 29th, 2010 at 12:24 pm said:

it says u download chapters either paid or free with the game if u preorder does that mean there isn’t an end to the game?

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