In a recent interview with Quantic Dream co-CEO David Cage, G4 was confirmed that a playable Heavy Rain demo would in fact be available sometime before the games official release. In the interview Mr. Cage went on to explain the thought process behind delivering to best representable demo possible.
“We are currently working on a demo, which is a real challenge,” said Cage. “Finding one scene that can convey what we are trying to achieve with Heavy Rain is something really difficult. If we show an action scene, some players will think that this is what Heavy Rain is all about, and it is the same thing if we show an exploration scene. The problem is that each scene of the game offers contextual game play, which is something very difficult to explain and convey in a single demo. Demos are often a double-edge thing: if you don’t release one, players may think that you have something to hide.”
“Because Heavy Rain is a new concept and since many gamers will want to check what it is before buying it, we will be releasing a demo. We just need to find the best scene for it.”