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Heavy Rain sales hit 1 million copies

Fri 09 Apr 2010 8:14am GMT / 4:14am EDT / 1:14am PDT
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Creator David Cage reveals estimated sales were as low as 200k units

Sales of PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain have hit one million copies, according to Quantic Dream co-founder David Cage - a number that has greatly exceeding publisher estimates.

Speaking to German website Play3.de, as reported by VG247, Cage indicated that initial sales predictions for the title had stood at only 200,000 to 300,000 units.

"We have sold more than 1 million copies of Heavy Rain worldwide," said Cage. "That was a surprise to many … we estimate that by the end of the year, we will have sold 1.5 million copies, and are very pleased with the reception."

"Our game isn't an action game, it's not a role-playing game, [and] it's not an adventure. It isn't in any one genre. When you create a new, convention-busting game to the market, it's always a risk, both for the developer and the publisher," he added.

The game was supported by a strong television advertising campaign in Europe, as well as being featured in an official PlayStation 3 hardware bundle in some territories.

6 Comments

Stig Strand Head of Recruitment Team, Amiqus

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This is a fine achievement ! Its a well made game and extremely polished in my eye's.

Posted:4 years ago

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Christopher DeSouza Studying Information Systems, City University of New York

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I feel the same way Strand. This game can't really be put into any genre, I enjoyed Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, we need more innovative games, especially on this scale.

Posted:4 years ago

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Luis Morales Public relations, Med Mercs

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Hey David, well deserved and to the rest of the staff. Awesome game man.....

Posted:4 years ago

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Michael Emeny Senior Lead Tester, Rockstar Lincoln

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I am hugely enjoying this game at the moment and I feel hitting the one million mark is well deserved. Having discussed this with a good friend of mine I can't entirely agree with the modest forecast for sales. Sony have backed this game right from the off and pushed the title in terms of marketing and generating a buzz about it.
A gamble, sure and the title is undoubedly worthy of the hype. Thumbs up!!

Posted:4 years ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Agreed, Michael.

Nobody releases such a well crafted teaser trailer at E3 2006, has a huge Sony backing, puts millions into production and marketing and expects just 200,000 - 300,000 in total sales. That would be a pointless production anyway guaranteed to lose millions.

Posted:4 years ago

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Aidan Minter Marketing Manager, Tradewest Games Ltd

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Stupid question but does that sales figure include actual hardware bundle numbers or the standalone sku?, regardless it's still a great achievement and the game is fantastic.

Posted:4 years ago

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