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ZEMNUS:

'Heavy Rain: The Origami Killer' is an upcoming PlayStation 3 video game being developed by French studio, Quantic Dream. The game is scheduled to be released in early 2010.

Plot
David Cage in an interview with Dutch magazine "Chief" in 2008:

--- Quote ---"The main story will revolve around 4 different characters, and we're putting the spotlight on their perceptions. The question 'what is good and what is evil' is the key here, that will be just a matter of viewpoint...I believe heavily in moral choices, I'm going to use them A LOT. They're not about being good or bad, but about finding the right balance."
--- End quote ---

It has been confirmed that the four main playable characters can die during the story. If characters die, the game and story continue and the player will assume control of a different character, with the death of the other character(s) having a certain contextual impact. In the event that all four characters die, there is a proper conclusion to the story and the game ends.

Gameplay
Action sequences, such as when the player is being attacked, play out as quick time events. Players will be presented with various symbols, requiring them to either press buttons, move the right analogue stick in a certain way, or shake or tilt the controller. Failure to execute these commands take the story along a different path, and certain mistakes will lead to a character's death.
If a character dies, the game does not end, and play control switches to another character, with the events of the previous character's death affecting the story. In the event that all four characters die, there is a proper conclusion to the story and the game ends.

Development
Mary SmithThe Casting, shown at E3 2006, is non-playable, real-time 3D prototype technology demo. It was running on a non-final PlayStation 3 console development kit in 720p display resolution. The demo showcased a complex virtual actor (hence the other name "Virtual Actor Demo"), highlighting numerous expressions and motion captured animations. It also showed various technical features of the game engine, all embedded in a brief emotional story. However, the plot of the tech demo has nothing to do with the story of Heavy Rain itself.

The virtual actor in the demo is based on French American actress Aurélie Bancilhon. The prototype used not only her likeness, but also her motion captured performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1DDcI7ixUY

Quantic Dream highlighted that the technology demo is just a sample of things achievable in a limited amount of time, and that during the making of the prototype, they still were in the middle of research and development efforts for the game itself.

A brand new demo featuring the character Madison Paige was showcased at the SCEE Press Conference at the games convention in Leipzig. The demo was titled "The Origami Killer", which showcased the in-game engine and QTE gameplay elements, as found in Quantic Dream's previous title Fahrenheit. The whole video presentation is now available online.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycoxWUXPJ3Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XyE4dfed_A&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpkA9NVpxac&feature=related

From a technical and technological standpoint, notable features of The Casting include full body and facial motion capture, real-time tears and wrinkles on the face, advanced skin shaders, and some advanced rendering features, such as depth of field, spherical harmonics, auto exposure and high dynamic range rendering. The technology enables animations of pupil dilation, tongue, eyes, fingers, and dynamic hair with physics. The game engine also supports real-time post-processing, with which E3 attendees could interact at the event. Hair physics is achieved by the use of PhysX by nVidia. Facial motion capture was recorded using Vicon Peak MX40 cameras and system, and was enhanced with a muscle system.

E3 2009 Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtv3SzKqn4&feature=channel_page

E3 2009 Walkthrough:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUFUtr_cyC4&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eyoutube%2Ecom%2Fuser%2FTechGangster&feature=player_profilepage
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV_DAzvSYpg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j4RYY0kVMs&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APTWhJuO0Ro&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwZPlcXGTg4&feature=related

Down4SB:
looks pretty good imo

ZEMNUS:
I like the thought that playing this game durring a second play through it won't be the same game. Plus the play through during the French convention was crazy.

Down4SB:
wow thats sound intense!!

kuraudo:
yea i think this game is going to kick....ass i really cant wait for it

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