Quantic Dream, the creator of games like Heavy Rain and Detroit: Beyond Human, have been PlayStation exclusive for the past several years. However, with an investment from Chinese megagiant NetEase, they’re looking to branch out.
Like it or not.
Quantic Dream is a company with a mixed reputation. They’ve produced very nice-looking games, but people often jab at their questionable writing. Such as Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy and its sudden inclusion of malevolent AI aliens in the final act. Or Detroit: Become Human’s (which isn’t about racism, according to chief executive officer and creative director David Cage) awkward and heavy-handed references to the African American Civil Rights movement. Let’s not forget the allegations of the studio having an unhealthy culture.
Nevertheless, Quantic Dream is branching out. Their first two titles, Omikron: The Nomad Soul and Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy, released on Steam, and we can expect to see more on there. The company released a video (seen above) where Chloe, a character who appeared in the menus of Detroit: Become Human, talks about what this means for the company. Meanwhile, Variety and Venturebeat got exclusive interviews with David Cage. He said he’ll still be majority stockholder and co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière will still run the company.
Cage said that they’re working on a new engine that will work cross-platform. Meanwhile, Guillaume spoke about spreading out to new platforms:
We will continue to work on PlayStation, which is a platform we love and that we know very well. but we will also consider other platforms as we want to make our creations accessible to as many gamers as possible worldwide, regardless of the platform. This is definitely a shift for us after 12 years developing exclusively for PlayStation. But at the same time we have developed engines on PC, Dreamcast, Xbox, PS2, PS3, PS4, and PS4 Pro. Thus, we are confident we can make a smooth transition while keeping the high level of quality that we target for our games.
NetEase is collaborating with Western developers like Blizzard (Diablo Immortal) and Bungie (Destiny 2).