Quantic Dream, a studio you may know for its creation of Fahrenheit, Heavy Rain and the upcoming Beyond: Two Souls (featuring DAFOE!!) and also an unannounced PS4 title, is a strange company. Why am I calling them strange? Is it that they make unique games? Is it that they focus on emotion and characters? Is it the French accents? No to all, I am calling them strange because they are exclusive to Sony.
Quantic Dream are not owned by anyone, they are third party and yet they stay with one platform. Of course, they aren’t the only ones, look at Ni No Kuni for a recent example, but it is clear to us all that third party exclusives are going the way of the dodo. Look at Rayman Legends, look at Insomniac, it is getting harder and harder for the ‘big 3′ to secure these titles. In a recent interview at IGN, Quantic Dream talked about their relationship with Sony and explained why they are Sony exclusive.
“Ever since we started our partnership, Sony just said it was going to give us the money to build these games and we said we were going to work as hard as we could and reward it for its trust.” said Guillaume de Fondaumiere.
Trust, that’s an important word and a key reason for their decision to stay with Sony. But everyone has their price right? Heavy Rain was profitable but couldn’t it have been even more profitable? Trust is a nice and all, but you can’t fill a bathtub with trust and roll around in it. So what did Guillaume have to say about the potential losses they are making by not selling their games on more platforms?
“Would we have made more money by going multi-platform? Of course, but on the other hand, we wouldn’t be working with Sony as a publisher. We’re certainly not going to change partner for the sake of making more money; that’s not the philosophy behind our studio. As long as we can create the games we want to create, we’ll stay with Sony.”
“This isn’t a partnership where we are forced by a big company into giving immediate results…”
Hearing that made me very happy as now I know that QD have their priorities right and it’s also an indication of how well Sony are treating their partners these days. After hearing that, is it any wonder that they are staying exclusive? I’m looking forward to seeing Dafoe in Beyond and I can’t wait to see what QD have in store for the PS4, which is rumoured to be called Singularity and according to QD will be a game the reinvents the type of games that QD make.
Quantic Dream Trivia:
Δ-Beyond: Two Souls is due on October 8th 2013
☐-Two Souls is said to be using a less advanced version of the engine that will be used on their PS4 title.
O-Heavy Rain managed to sell 2 million copies.