Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream turns 23 this year, and the studio marks the milestone with a big change. The company announced that it would become independent and have a longstanding partnership with Sony.
The announcement came from a post on the birthday party on Quantic Dreams Blog. The studio, led by David Cage, reflected its successes in the past two decades before it announced that it would publish its games itself.
"This new company will enable us to make decisions in complete independence and address technology and strategic opportunities of next generation platforms," the post said. “This enables us to help other developers by providing investment and development support so that they can fully express their talents. We want to support the developers of original projects and help them realize their vision and provide high quality, breakthrough experiences. “
This is a remarkable change for Quantic Dream, which has worked with Sony for the past ten years. The developer has created exclusive PlayStation titles since 201
“Thanks to Detroit: Become Human we were able to realize the vision that has been close to our hearts since the creation of Quantic Dream,” explains the blog post.
Cracks in this partnership occurred in 2019 when the company announced that its games would be moved to the Epic Game Store, making them playable on PlayStation for the first time.
The announcement is a major blow to Sony, which the PlayStation 5 will release later this year. Quantic Dream remained a consistent source of exclusive products for Sony consoles, leaving a potential gap in the catalog.
Self-publishing has a moment in the video game industry. PlatinumGames recently announced that it has become independent of Tencent thanks to a large investment. The studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to remaster its Wii U game The Wonderful 101 that destroyed its donation goals within a few hours.
Quantic Dream has not yet announced their next project or the platform they may appear on. The blog post noted that the studio will remain true to its roots in this transition, so its distinctive brand of interactive storytelling shouldn't go away that quickly.