After the shock that Heavy Rain brought to the gaming industry began to subside, people everywhere started to wonder if the game from developer Quantic Dream was a one-of-a-kind game, or just the first of many. Although Heavy Rain's creator has remained quiet on the team's next project, it seems that the first details may have surfaced on the mystery game, titled Fiv5. A possible name and some revealing comments may be all we have to go on, but that won't stop us from imagining what Quantic has in store.
The details come after a trademark for the title was unearthed by superannuation, and a domain name with the same mysterious phrase was purchased by Quantic Dream. The name Fiv5 may not give much insight into the plot of the game, but comments made by Heavy Rain's creator David Cage earlier this week should shed some light on the team's direction.
Cage has made it clear in the past that Heavy Rain was a pivotal event in the history of game design, and the integration of quick-time-events into context-sensitive actions wasn't just a single game's gimmick, but a new way to experience storytelling.
Lionhead founder Peter Molyneux shares the belief, and sees a future where the gameplay pioneered by Cage can create its own genre of videogames, not just a single series.
After accepting a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his work on Heavy Rain, Cage explained that the acknowledgement isn't the end of the project. Cage's words speak for themselves, and give a better idea of what to expect from Fiv5 than any speculation could provide:
"Heavy Rain is the result of those 15 years of fighting and struggling with this new language. Receiving this award is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career but I don’t see it as an achievement, more like the first step — it’s like I’ve finally got something that works. Now, I can build on it and continue learning. I’m a student and I’m still at the beginning.
"For our next project we’re going to build on what we have discovered with Heavy Rain. We own this genre of Interactive Drama and we want to show that Heavy Rain was not a coincidence; it is something that makes sense and we can build on it.
"At the same time, we will not make a sequel and I made that very clear from the beginning, regardless of whether the game was a success or a failure, because I wanted to show that this is a new genre that you can use to tell any kind of story, in any style.
"We’re going to be exploring a different direction, which will still be very dark and still for adults, but completely different to Heavy Rain. Our challenge is to satisfy our fans, and also surprise them."
Cage has made it more than clear that Quantic is done with Heavy Rain, so what the future holds for the developers is anyone's guess. Fiv5 could refer to anything from another serial killer-crime drama to a political thriller, or intellectual espionage puzzler, but all we know for sure is that it will keep the same mature tone as Heavy Rain.
Those in the know could have given their best predictions of what to expect from Heavy Rain and landed nowhere near the mark, so we'll hold off on officially speculating to avoid embarassment. The uncovered clues also mention Quantic Dream's cancelled game Infraworld, so all of these details should be taken with a grain of salt until something is confirmed or denied.
Do you have any ideas of what Quantic will come up with next? Would you prefer a spiritual successor to Heavy Rain, or something entirely new? Let us know in the comments.
We'll keep you posted on any and all details concerning Fiv5 as they arise.