Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe has announced a collaboration with Paris-based studio Quantic Dream to develop an ‘emotionally compelling’ PS3 title.
Founded in 1997 by celebrated game designer David Cage, French outfit Quantic Dream is well-known for its innovation in developing emotionally-charged games, having created the Develop Award-winning Fahrenheit.
At E3 2006 it debuted tech-demo The Casting (pictured), which featured a fully motion-captured actress delivering a dramatic monologue to camera. The new game builds on the groundwork laid by The Casting; Quantic Dream had previously named the game as Heavy Rain, although the title is still to be officially announced.
Michael Denny, vice-president of SCE Worldwide Studios Europe, remarked: “We’re really excited to be working with Quantic Dream for the first time and to have this opportunity to once again push the gaming experience to realise a new level of interactivity and, in particular, to engage players at an emotional level never experienced before. We’re looking forward to revealing more news on this special title later this year.”
David Cage, founder, president and CEO of Quantic Dream said: “We always believed that ‘next generation’ meant more meaningful content based on players’ emotional involvement. To us, PS3 is the only platform that can truly deliver on this promise, and SCE WWS is a group that is both inspiring and pleasant to work with.”
An exclusive Q&A with Quantic Dream CEOs David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere is printed in the next issue of Develop, out on Monday July 9th. Check back on developmag.com at the end of the week for more info.