Narrative and adventure game developer Quantic Dream celebrates 23 years of making games today, and it's doing so with a big move. The studio announced today it would be going independent, and is now in the position to self-publish its own games.
In a blog post headlined by CEO David Cage and co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière, the studio says the last two years have been exceptional. Between the success of 2018's Detroit: Become Human and the move to port its games over to PC, it's been a solid run.
"Thanks to Detroit: Become Human, we've been able to realize the vision we held dear since the creation of Quantic Dream," the blog says. "And so, for the first time in 23 years of working with prestigious publishers, we are now in a position to self-publish."
In the blog, the studio says it is 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."
Noting the stars and games its worked on over the years—from Bowie and Nomad Soul to Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, Heavy Rain to Detroit—Quantic Dream thanks its fans and closes out by looking ahead.
"Quantic Dream is evolving, but the studio remains true to its roots. We continue to believe that interactivity can be a means of artistic expression, that passion and sincerity are our best allies in reaching gamers, and that the values of humanism, solidarity, and inclusiveness that we have championed in our games for 23 years are more necessary now than ever before."
Last August, de Fondaumière told USgamer that you could expect to see "different genres" from Quantic Dream in the future. It seems like this newfound independence will be one of the stepping stones to exploring those horizons.