Quantic Dream Announces New Additional Studio
All of which sounds an awful lot like the idea behind Sony's PlayLink.
In an interesting turn of events, Quantic Dream (the studio behind Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and the upcoming Detroit: Become Human) has announced the formation of a new independent game studio called Interior Night.
Interior Night was founded by the lead game designer of Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, Caroline Marchal, now the founder and creative director of the new studio. Marchal explains that Interior Night is “to attract a mature TV audience” like fans of “Breaking Bad or Fargo but who do not necessarily game.”
The studio won’t be making TV shows, however, it will be focused on “creating high-quality narrative games.” Marshal explains that not only are narrative games “the best genre” but the stories they tell “are universal.”
The idea, apparently, is to reach a much boarder audience and push the “boundaries of what people have played so far, in terms of subject matter and gameplay.” Interior Night is out to make games “where people can forget about the mechanics and focus on their emotional connection with the characters and the story.”
All of which sounds an awful lot like the idea behind Sony’s PlayLink, a move towards interactive movies that have absolutely no gameplay, only choices. PlayLink is ever more possible when you consider that other members of this new studio include key developers from both Sony and Quantic Dream.
However if developers from Quantic Dream, and someone so clearly important as Marchal, are moving to a new studio, what is going to happen to Detroit: Become Human? If the development for the game has been affected at all, we might see a far too early release of a half-made game.
Such would be a tragic incident indeed when Quantic Dream has worked so hard on making some of the best narrative games in the history of video games. They had choice affecting an interactive narrative game before Telltale was even an idea.
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