Reports began to flow into final week that Detroit: Become Human developer, Quantic Dream, was engaged on an unlikely new mission: a Star Wars recreation. While Kotaku can’t at present verify if that is 100% correct, we’ve heard one thing related from an unbiased supply with data of the studio’s plans.
The rumor began when YouTuber Gautoz, by way of VGC, claimed on September 16 that the French studio had made a take care of Disney for a Star Wars recreation following the top of its three-game publishing exclusivity settlement with Sony. Yesterday, DualShockers revealed a separate report, primarily based on a separate supply, that supported Gautoz’s declare. The report said that the mission had been in improvement for roughly 18 months. That report’s creator, Tom Henderson, additionally shared a screenshot on social media of Quantic Dream’s Twitter account liking an article in regards to the report.
Kotaku has heard the identical from a 3rd, separate supply with data of the studio’s improvement plans. According to this particular person, Quantic Dream has certainly been engaged on a Star Wars recreation for about a yr and a half, however it gained’t be the traditional kind of quick-time-event-driven recreation we’ve come to count on from the French studio. Instead, they mentioned, the sport could have extra conventional motion gameplay, and probably even open world and multiplayer parts.
Quantic Dream didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The flood-gates have not too long ago opened again up for brand spanking new Star Wars video games. In addition to EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order, and Star Wars: Squadrons, all of which have been created beneath its 10-year exclusivity take care of Disney, we realized earlier this yr that Ubisoft is now engaged on its personal open world Star Wars mission. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is getting a brand new recreation within the form of a remake as properly. While EA’s deal stays in impact till 2023, that hasn’t apparently stopped Lucasfilm Games from placing collectively plans for future tasks. Quantic Dream’s subsequent recreation could possibly be considered one of them.
Whatever Quantic Dream’s subsequent recreation finally ends up being, its new Montreal studio will seemingly play an enormous half. Opened earlier this yr, Quantic Dream Montreal is a part of the Canadian metropolis’s massive latest recreation studio increase, and has been buying expertise from close by firms recognized for big-budget motion video games, together with Assassin’s Creed-maker Ubisoft, Deus Ex-maker Eidos Montreal, and maker of the upcoming Gotham Knights, WB Games Montreal.
The goal is partially to supply Quantic Dream with extra improvement experience on areas outdoors of the branching storytelling and cinematic-driven narratives showcased in video games like Heavy Rain, based on two former QD builders who wished to stay nameless as a result of they weren’t approved to talk to press on the matter.
They additionally advised Kotaku that it’s been an uphill climb, and that Quantic Dream’s proprietary recreation engine and improvement instruments are dated and never well-suited to creating extra action-oriented and exploration-focused video games. According to one of many former builders, makes an attempt to break-away from the studio’s previous house-style has led to some inner tensions, as groups debate prioritizing gameplay over the sport’s writing.
All of this comes as Quantic Dream continues to combat authorized battles in opposition to among the folks concerned in a sequence of 2018 French press stories accusing the studio of having poisonous working circumstances. The report additionally detailed sexist and racist jokes, and many crunch (extended intervals of time beyond regulation work). Quantic Dream denied the stories on the time after which went on to sue the publications, alongside some former staff in a sequence of court docket battles. These circumstances haven’t all wrapped up but. The studio’s libel case in opposition to Médiapart and Le Monde was for probably the most half dismissed simply final week, based on the French online game employee union STJV. Several different appeals are nonetheless ongoing.