Heavy Rain Developer Quantic Dream Shows Off Impressive New Engine

While developer Quantic Dream is annoyingly not doing a Heavy Rain sequel, but based on what they showed during their panel at the 2012 Game Developer's Conference, they're definitely working on something, and it looks pretty good.

Quantic is arguably one of the most original developers out there. Heavy Rain was not only original in its gameplay, but also very solid in terms of storytelling and graphics. All of this combined to form a very successful game. But the French developer doesn't want to be a one hit wonder who banks that milks their franchises for all they're worth. So, since the release of Heavy Rain, they've been hard at work at an entirely new engine for the Playstation 3 that will more than likely be the basis for their next game. And in one word, it's simply stunning.

Adamant that it's not an actual game, founder David Cage presented the following footage as a short film titled "Kara", about a female robot who begins to feel emotions during her assembly, and pleads for her life as her maker begins to take her apart for analysis.

The video not only shows off the amazing technical and graphical capabilities of Quantic, but it also shows us what they can do in terms of writing, as well as sound and voice acting, which is all usually very important in a Quantic game. Everything about this screams care and detail, and it was rendered in real time on a PS3, which makes it even more impressive. And if that doesn't excite you, think about this: The video above is actually only the first version of the tech, and a year old. In reality, the engine is in its third version, and anything released on it will look much better than that.

As Cage stated, their goal is to develop something more than just technical prowess. Something that has emotion, and heart, and the video above definitely shows that off, both figuratively and literally. "After Heavy Rain, we wanted to push the envelope in terms of quality," Cage said, "starting with the visuals. We wanted to improve many things — things that were not possible with the Heavy Rain engine. So we had to develop a new engine from scratch."

Quantic's focus on the all-around quality experience also extends into acting. "We wanted to do what Avatar did by having one full performance where we capture everything at the same time. And we wanted to demonstrate these new performance capture techniques and the new engine before going into production."

But if you're expecting Kara to be part of Quantic Dream's next game, don't hold your breath. Kara is exactly as it's been described -- a showcase for the developer's new engine. "Ka
ra” is not our next game. It’s not the character, it’s not the world, it’s not the story. …We do things in a very strange way here, things that have nothing to do with the games we make. But I think that’s a part of the DNA of the studio, and hopefully something that people like about us – they never know what they’re going to get!"

Well, we can certainly expect a high quality product every time we hear about Quantic trying something new. They did the same thing before they started developing Heavy Rain. Whatever Quantic's new game ends up being, we'll definitely be waiting with anticipated after viewing the video above.

Source: Playstation Blog