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New Gameplay: The Invisible World of rain

Dais Kawaguchi's Avatar + Posted by Dais Kawaguchi on Mar 25, 2013 // Associate Producer, SCEA

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we made the announcement of rain at Gamescom, but ever since then, we have been working hard to ensure the wait for more information was worthwhile.

rain was developed by the creative minds from PlayStation C.A.M.P!, the team behind unique titles like TOKYO JUNGLE and echochrome. Rain evolved from a truly unique concept where an imaginative world comes to life once is starts raining.

Move your cursor over each image below to reveal the world of rain.

The story of rain is the enchanting tale about a boy who chases after a girl with an invisible silhouette. After discovering that the girl is being hunted by ghostly creatures, he embarks on his own journey into the mysterious world of rain to save her and discovers he has also become invisible. Players will play as the boy, whose silhouette can only be seen in the rain. Using the unique ability to appear and disappear under cover players must learn to navigate through the unknown to advance. Just like in the real world, what can be seen isn’t everything and using imagination is the only way to reveal the truth.

Throughout the game you will be challenged to think ahead and plan your movements to advance. For example, when you direct the boy underneath cover, he will disappear from enemy view, or to draw enemies away from your path you may need step into the rain to become visible or can pick up items to taunt them. More details will be shared on these mechanics and puzzles at a later date. However, we are pleased to share with you – for the first time – our first gameplay video from the beginning of the game, “The Children and the Night”. Watch the video at the top of this post, and make sure to turn your speakers up for the full experience!

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The world of rain is full of “uncertainty” and as you play through the boy will experience both a sense of fear and excitement as he explores the unknown world. Told through an artistic approach to narration, rain’s expressive sounds, those of rainfall and splashing water, combined with this otherworldly tale is designed to awaken the sense of uncertainty and solitude inherent in every player as well.

This week for GDC we will also be showing our first live demo to media, so keep an eye out for even more news on rain. We are very excited to have shared these early details and are looking forward to providing you a deeper look at rain very soon.

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+ MakoSOLIDER on March 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

Wow this looks incredible! Had an ICO vibe to it but with a new twist. Day 1 buy! I suppose the game is a ways off though. When can we expect Puppeteer?


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 1:49 am said:

    “rain” will be available in 2013 and we’ll be releasing more information in the coming months.
    Thank you for your comments!


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+ Zionine on March 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

Really nice effect with the first three pictures(hovering over them) This adds life to the blog! [: Looking forward to this game!


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+ magicx11 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:13 pm said:

Amazing!


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+ JimmyChaos on March 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm said:

That game makes me wet….


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+ G-Force08 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:15 pm said:

Such a beautiful game. I’m getting a bit of an Ico vibe too. I like that.

I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this game. I always thought it looked interesting since its announcement last year.

PS3 still has a lot of life in it. =]


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+ G-Force08 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

Haha! Just read the rest of the comments and realized that MakoSOLIDER pretty much said the same thing I did. =p


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 1:54 am said:

    Thanks G-Force08! Please stay tuned for more!


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+ gerneric123 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:16 pm said:

Is SCE Japan Studio developing this themselves, or is it another collaboration project like Tokyo Jungle, and Patchwork Heroes, which were co-developed by Crispy’s, and Acquire? If so, who’s the other partner?


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+ gerneric123 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:21 pm said:

Ignore my last comment, I didn’t notice the Acquire logo in the trailer.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 1:55 am said:

    Thanks for checking out the video!


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+ magicx11 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:22 pm said:

Games like Rain is the reason why I love PlayStation. Creative and truly inspiring.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:05 am said:

    and a comment like yours gives us the reason to create games :) Thanks!


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+ kivi95 on March 25th, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

Please don’t release it to close to the PS4 launch :(. (same goes to Puppeteer)


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+ MakoSOLIDER on March 25th, 2013 at 1:29 pm said:

@4 lol, I see what u did there!


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+ LunarRogue on March 25th, 2013 at 1:30 pm said:

Same people that brought us Gravity Rush


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on March 25th, 2013 at 1:33 pm said:

This game looks awesome, seems to have few aspects of different game’s i’ve tried/played. Will most likely buy this when it launches & also waiting on “Brothers: A tale of two sons”.


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+ MarinoBrea on March 25th, 2013 at 1:34 pm said:

Looks good for a $15 PSN game.


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+ Fardeenah on March 25th, 2013 at 1:35 pm said:

Please release a vita version


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+ lisatsunami on March 25th, 2013 at 1:41 pm said:

Beautiful allegory. Makes me kind of sad but day 1 buy for me. I hope it will be less blurry when finished as I am spoiled by how crisp and fantastic games look on my PS3 and Bravia. I can’t figure out how to hover my cursor on my iPADD so I’ll try later on my mac. I concur with @9, unique, exclusive games are why I’m sticking with Playstation.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:11 am said:

    Your comment means a lot to us! Thank you!!


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+ boboMELOSHE on March 25th, 2013 at 1:45 pm said:

Didn’t think this title was for me back when it was first announced but this new gameplay really changed my mind. I love the look and sound! Cannot wait to learn more and pick this game up :D


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+ stlthriot on March 25th, 2013 at 1:47 pm said:

This game definitely looks and sounds amazing!
And the city brings back memories of Midgar ^-^


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+ Neil on March 25th, 2013 at 1:49 pm said:

One of my most anticipated games of the year. Bring it to PS4.


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+ Elvick_ on March 25th, 2013 at 1:58 pm said:

Super excited for this and Puppeteer.


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+ Tristan77 on March 25th, 2013 at 2:07 pm said:

I like the creativity style of the game and the rain makes me relax. I am glad Sony is always willing to bring this kind of artistic games.


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+ PainOfSarrow on March 25th, 2013 at 2:18 pm said:

Tokyo Jungle is one of my Fav games of all time… will this game be a FULL retail game or PSN download ? looks gooooood, ima def keep an eye out on this one.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:15 am said:

    “rain” will be available as a downloadable game on the PS Store, for PlayStation 3.


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+ THATMATTKID on March 25th, 2013 at 2:20 pm said:

I didn’t know this game was based in sunny old Britian!


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+ boxmyth on March 25th, 2013 at 2:40 pm said:

Sold. Take my money.
PlayStation C.A.M.P. is great.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:21 am said:

    We hope you enjoy the game!


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+ four24twenty on March 25th, 2013 at 2:41 pm said:

Watched until 1:43.

I’m sold.


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+ TuttiCicero on March 25th, 2013 at 2:56 pm said:

rain looks very, very interesting

You certainly have my attention – Playstation C.A.M.P.


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+ Berae on March 25th, 2013 at 3:08 pm said:

It looks very interesting!


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+ Miacosa on March 25th, 2013 at 3:13 pm said:

This looks really interesting, definitely one to watch.


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+ HorrorGod on March 25th, 2013 at 3:18 pm said:

I’ve been looking forward to this game since you guys showed it off at E3 last year. Can’t wait to see more of it from GDC.

It would be great if it was released at the end of the year. It would go perfect with the rainy weather, as well as be a must-buy for gamers who haven’t upgraded to the PS4 yet / didn’t sell their PS3. Unless it’s downloadable on both consoles, of course.


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+ wtGp on March 25th, 2013 at 3:22 pm said:

Jason!!!!!!!!!!


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+ deafwing on March 25th, 2013 at 3:30 pm said:

you to admit – this title sucks you in … well done demo.


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+ h_pacheco on March 25th, 2013 at 3:42 pm said:

Wow, listen to that beautiful piano
and it looks awesome! it would be great to play it on my vita oled screen!


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+ TALLglassofWATER on March 25th, 2013 at 4:24 pm said:

I want Tokyo Jungle to go on sale as an “ultimate edition” with all the dlc. Like I really want this to happen, hopefully they will do something along those lines in the wake of rain (granting it is a successful release; looks and sounds gorgeous though!)


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+ Senjutsu_Dav on March 25th, 2013 at 4:25 pm said:

Looking really nice. I really love the idea.


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+ Pabloo1010 on March 25th, 2013 at 4:37 pm said:

Will this and Puppeteer be exclusive to PSN?


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+ Robbie_G_lrish on March 25th, 2013 at 4:45 pm said:

This is fantastic. It looks like an absolute must buy.


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+ saab01 on March 25th, 2013 at 5:26 pm said:

Looking interesting I hope a demo is planned.


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+ SkreetMerchant on March 25th, 2013 at 5:36 pm said:

:::Open Wallet:::
:::Throws it all at Acquire & Sony:::

Look what you made me do…I have kids to feed!

Are you happy?!


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+ Darth_NODlike on March 25th, 2013 at 6:14 pm said:

Tokyo Jungle is awesome and this looks pretty interesting too. I hope there is a demo soon.


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+ Redikol on March 25th, 2013 at 7:03 pm said:

Love this unique and original game! It feels like one of my crazy dreams that I have and that’s a good thing..haha. I’m really digging it and Puppeteer!


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+ xRollz on March 25th, 2013 at 7:22 pm said:

Games need to have more rain in it! =)


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:32 am said:

    yes, indeed.


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+ tusunami on March 25th, 2013 at 7:46 pm said:

I’m totally going to buy this 1st day, & Game Journalist said the western developers fell off not likely.


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+ GhostMachine1 on March 25th, 2013 at 11:04 pm said:

I haven’t seen a game this artistic looking since Journey. Can’t wait.


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    + Dais Kawaguchi on March 26th, 2013 at 2:31 am said:

    and we can’t wait to get it in your hands.


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+ PrinceofXIII on March 25th, 2013 at 11:05 pm said:

Acquire?

where’s my Shinobido 3 and Tenchu 5!!!!!

amazing stuff!!


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+ RulitoCR on March 25th, 2013 at 11:53 pm said:

his looks great!!


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+ lxMrH3lLxl on March 26th, 2013 at 12:49 am said:

This game remind me of Clock Tower 3 and Haunting Ground, I’ll get it on its release day.
Love JAPAN developers.


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+ Kchow23 on March 26th, 2013 at 2:17 am said:

Wow the game looks really unique, looking forward to it and Puppeteer!


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+ IrishDude2 on March 26th, 2013 at 4:01 am said:

Looks amazing. Keep up the good work. Does this game have a Platinum? Hope it does.

Perhaps you should make a prequel and call it “Heavy”. Put the two together and we get another “Heavy rain” ^^ lol


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+ PanTheMan16 on March 26th, 2013 at 5:35 am said:

I. Need. Rain.


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+ lyfestory on March 26th, 2013 at 6:26 am said:

Does look pretty cool… will definitely try and pick it up at some point… i enjoy these cool side-scroller/platform type games… i can see something like this set in snow as well…: )


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