Quantic Dream has been making games almost exclusively for the PlayStation since Heavy Rain launched on the PlayStation 3 in 2010. But that might change soon after an investment from NetEase prompted the studio to announce it will consider developing games on other hardware.
Chinese video game company NetEase announced today that it has invested into a minority stake in French video game studio Quantic Dream. The details of the deal were not disclosed, but in a statement NetEase says its investment will "support [Quantic Dream]'s vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company, and to develop advanced technologies and games for the future[.]"
Though no new projects were announced after the news of the investment, Quantic Dream co-founders David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière weren't shy about discussing one major outcome of the NetEase deal: going multi-platform.
In a separate interview with VentureBeat Cage and de Fondaumière revealed their ambitions for expanding outside of the PlayStation. "[W]e are working on our next enging that will be cross-platform and even more impressive than anything we have done before," Quantic Dream director David Cage said in the interview.
When asked if this Quantic Dream will still focus on Sony platforms de Fondaumière said, "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 platforms." de Fondaumière also noted that prior to the 12 years of exclusively developing on the PlayStation, Quantic Dream released games on PC, Dreamcast, and Xbox.
Quantic Dream was also asked about last year's allegations from employees that the studio has a toxic work culture. Quantic Dream even went as far as to sue the French media for originally reporting on its work culture.
NetEase's general manager for investment and strategy Simon Zhu addressed the topic by saying the company has "seen nothing that points o any of the allegations published by certain press." Cage and de Fondaumière did not comment but maintained they "categorically refute these allegations."