The critically acclaimed interactive action-adventure video game, Heavy Rain, landed on Sony’s PlayStation 3 in February 2010 and was an instant hit with fans around the world. Heavy Rain landed impressive scores including a 9/10 from IGN and a 9.5/10 from Game Informer. What has recently been unveiled is that Microsoft had a chance to publish the game, but decided to pass it up.
David Cage of Quantic Dream stated that Microsoft choose not to publish the game on Xbox 360 as they were “scared” of the game’s plotline:
"[Microsoft] got scared by the fact that Heavy Rain was about kids being kidnapped.”
It is interesting to image a board at Microsoft reviewing the game and stating that it was simply too risky of a title to launch on their platform. While some may be quick to criticize the boys up in Redmond, Cage states that he still feels Microsoft is a “great company”.
Cage finished by stating that the game was about “love” and not “blood”, “[Sony and Quantic Dream] could understand each other, and [that] is how Heavy Rain happened” for PlayStation 3 and not Xbox 360.