Friday, February 26, 2010
Living in France I bought the domestic version of Heavy Rain, but in a strange twist, it would seem the mainland European version is the definitive one. Whereas the UK version contains only English, the European version contains English and all the other languages of Europe. The Japanese version meanwhile is censored, or so I hear, and the US boxart is so hideous that if I lived in the states I would import it anyway (I’m lying, I’d actually just download the European boxart and print it off). I don’t know what languages the US version has, perhaps a reader could post stating so?
CLICK for a phone interview with Quantic Dream.
I phoned Quantic Dream in Paris and the woman on the phone explained this was done because the UK version sells for £40 and the European for 70 Euro. Due to the collapse of the British pound, the difference is almost 1 for 1 – meaning to save money, Europeans have been importing multi-language games from the UK. SO to stop this from happening, Quantic Dream removed the option to select other audio languages. I find this particularly annoyingly for my UK counterparts, since myself and others have stated we intend to play through it in a language other than English, but with English subtitles, since the voice acting sucks (and, the personalities of characters is reportedly different). I haven’t installed the game, but intend to do so shortly. I bought the special edition, which comes with a PSN code to download extra content. Whether this will work on my UK PSN account I don’t know, I may have to open a French one. Furthermore, I don’t know if future chapters will be in English or not when using this code – rest assured, if they’re only in French, I’ll be on here ranting about the injustices of the world.
The above photo was taken from a poster on NTSC-uk forum, and to me, he's made it look as if the two figures are mating...