French developer Quantic Dreams today announced a big change. Some of the studio’s most popular games, including Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human, are coming to PC. They’ll debut first on the Epic Games Store, with a one-year exclusivity window before launching on other, unspecified PC stores, Quantic said in a press release.
This is a big deal, considering these games were previously not only exclusive to console, but only the PlayStation family. And in the case of Detroit, it was released as a PS4 exclusive back in May 2018, less than a year ago.
“We are so grateful for twelve fantastic years of collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment and all they have allowed us to create and produce,” Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere said in a statement. “With this new partnership with Epic, we can now expand our products to a wider fan base and allow PC players to enjoy our titles.”
“We are extremely excited for the Epic Games Store to host such a well-known and established video game studio like Quantic Dream,” Epic Games’ Steve Allison said in a statement. “Their games have truly pioneered the genre of interactive storytelling, and with their expansion onto other platforms we are truly honored they chose to take that first step with Epic Games.”
Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human will launch on the Epic Games store later this year. However, Quantic didn’t provide specific release dates or pricing details.
Quantic is going through big changes. Though it was never owned by Sony, the company exclusively released its games on Sony machines since 2010 with Heavy Rain. Now, the company is working on a new IP that will come to multiple platforms, while it’s taken on NetEase as a minority stakeholder to help fund its “future technologies.”
NetEase, a Chinese internet company, is itself making moves lately. The company also invested $100 million into Bungie to develop non-Destiny games. The company also poured $30 million in Second Dinner, a small team founded by Hearthstone developers who are making a Marvel game.
Looking to Quantic’s future, studio boss David Cage said the company aims 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.
As for the Epic Games Store, it’s attracted a number of developers since its launch in 2018. Unlike other PC game stores, the Epic Games Store gives developers 88 percent of revenue, while keeping only 12 percent.
from GameSpot – Game News https://www.gamespot.com/articles/quantic-dreams-ps4ps3-exclusives-detroit-beyond-an/1100-6465707/