Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit developer Quantic Dream recently raised money from Chinese internet company NetEase, at which time many wondered if it meant that the French studio would continue to make games only for PlayStation consoles. Now we know it won’t.
Quantic Dream boss Guillaume de Foundaumiere told GamesBeat that while the studio will continue to release games for PlayStation consoles, the exclusivity arrangement is seemingly over.
“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,” he said. “This is definitely a shift for us after 12 years developing exclusively for PlayStation. We are confident we can make a smooth transition [to multi-platform development] while keeping the high level of quality that we target for our games.”
As for what Quantic Dream’s next game will be, studio founder David Cage said it’s “too early” to reveal anything. However, he did tease that the studio is working on a new game engine that will support multiple platforms. The engine is “even more impressive than anything we have done before,” Cage said.
He added: “We will keep working on projects that are ambitious and original, building on the genre we pioneered and that we will continue to develop, but we also want to explore new grounds.”
Also in the interview, Cage said Quantic Dream wants to become a “global, multi-franchise company” that retains its independence, and raising the money from NetEase will help it achieve that. “We want to keep developing original games in the genre we pioneered, but also expand our audience by being present on all platforms,” he said.
Quantic Dream raised an unspecified amount of money from NetEase. The company previously invested $100 million into Bungie to develop non-Destiny games. NetEase also invested $30 million in Second Dinner, a small team founded by Hearthstone developers who are making a Marvel game.
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