Heavy Rain Creator 'Not Interested In The Next Generation Of Consoles'

We're at a weird place in terms of expectations for the near-future of video games. Yesterday saw Epic Games unveiling the next iteration of their Unreal Engine and that — combined with a stream of leaks about the successors to the PS3 and Xbox 360 — have people thinking about the possibilities of what's next. But David Cage doesn't care about any of that.

In an interview with Develop, the creative force behind hit PS3 game Heavy Rain says that he still thinks his ideas can play out on the current generation of gaming hardware:

But to be honest, I'm not that interested in technology or the next generation of consoles. If we could continue with PlayStation 3 for another five years it would be fine with me. I think the main challenges are on the creative side than on the technical side.

Are there technical things I can't do on PS3? Honestly, no. The limitation is much more about the ideas we have. When you look at the past, you realised that the technology evolved must faster than the concepts we rely on.

Granted, Cage unveiled the bleeding-edge "Kara" tech demo from his Quantic Dream studio earlier this year but that was made with and geared to run on existing technologies. It sounds like he's advocating more for the clever usage of current tech to implement forward-looking ideas, which is an idea that needs to co-exist with the chase for the new hotness.

David Cage: 'My team say my ideas can't fit into consoles' [Develop Online]


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    Who cares the guy is a complete hack, I mean heavy rain? come on!

      Wooo wooo lets join the developer hate brigade!

    One needs only to look at the skyboxes in games like Mass Effect 3, or all of the issues that Skyrim has on the PS3 to see that the 512mb of RAM in consoles is a serious hinderance. To want to continue for 5 years on that little RAM is silly.

      Agreed a 5 year cycle is good enough, and it should increase in power by at least ten fold every generation.

      The worlds can be built larger and more diverse with far greater detail and running true 1080p
      Next gen specs should include.
      - i5 Core processor
      - AMD Radeon 7950
      - 2GB of RAM
      - 1TB Hard Drive (With all the movies, music and games it's needed)
      - 20GB SSD dedicated for developers (data is copied from the 1TB to the 20GB for faster access)

    ‘Not Interested In The Next Generation Of Consoles' = Not interested in money

    I agree with his point, but figure he's being unnecessarily provacative in his language. I can't wait until the next gen, but I think what he's trying to say is that the future of games is just as much about creativity as it is about technology.

    This generation is nearing it's close, but with a 720p standard resolution, I'd be happy to keep with my PS3 for another two or three years at the most. Games Like The Last of Us and the mention Kara demo show that you can certainly deliver convincing worlds, even if they're not exploding with the latest lighting, and so on.
    I agree with his point - the current gen can represent pretty much whatever world you can come up with, even if it's not on par with PC or whatever. Focussing on story, gameplay and original ideas on hardware developers understand and can develop for comparitively cheaply seems, to me, inherently logical.

    I'm all for people playing on whatever system they like, but for me the biggest issue with the current console generation is how much it's hurting PC gaming. More and more games that are coming out on PC now are simply ports and don't push the boundaries of what the platform is capable of. This isn't bashing on consoles, but some developers don't seem to be putting in the effort because they don't need to since they are dealing with 5 year old technology. This is why consoles need a new iteration, to move gaming forward as a whole and to expand the possibilities of what the medium is capable of.

    this guy is retarded as fuck

    aight seriously, he makes an awesome benchmark for the god dam cell processor
    Jesus Christ how horrifying , i thought Bobby Kotick had bad business practices

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