The Quantic Dream French studio is now twenty-three years old, and the team wants to follow PlatinumGames’ footsteps.
„For the first time in 23 years of working with prestigious publishers, we are now in a position to self-publish. This new venture will allow us to make decisions in total independence, and to address the technological and strategic opportunities of next-generation platforms. It will also allow us to help other developers, by providing investment and development support, so that they can fully express their talents. We want to support creators of original projects and help them, in turn, to achieve their vision and offer quality, ground-breaking experiences.
This is more than an evolution—it is a transformation. We are doing this to preserve our freedom and our independence, to continue working on innovative and even more ambitious projects, to address greater challenges, and to create the unexpected. Quantic Dream will never be just another studio. We want to face new horizons, to keep our passion alive, and keep trusting in the idea of making games that are different,” Quantic Dream’s blog post says.
The wording that Quantic Dream used makes it sound like that they want to do more than self-publishing: they might be a publisher for other developers, too, but since it’s not been confirmed yet, we should hold our horses until they do so. Yet, we should also remember what happened in January 2019.
A year ago, NetEase has acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream „to further the development and distribution of global online games.” It’s another part of the Chinese expansion. Recently, PlatinumGames announced that Tencent, another Chinese tech giant, invested in the Japanese studio. Also, Bungie has received the same treatment by NetEase a while ago. (The same NetEase that Activision Blizzard works with on Diablo: Immortal for iOS and Android – it’s been announced more than a year ago and it’s still in development…)
Best of luck to Quantic Dream – let’s hope we’ll learn soon what David Cage is doing. However, what next-gen platform(s) could get the next game?
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