Quantic Dream, the studio behind the narrative-focused Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Being Human, may be working on a new Star Wars game. A trio of sources have reported that the studio has struck a deal with Disney for a game that may well be already in development, and Quantic Dream also gave a cryptic hint about it.
The rumor first surfaced last week when French YouTuber gotose (Via VGC) claimed that Quantic Dream would now “sign with Disney” while its Sony contract expired. “It looks like they might be working on a Star Wars game,” Gotoz said.
Soon after, famed mystery-leaker Tom Henderson, who claimed last week that next year’s Call of Duty game would be Modern Warfare 2, said dualshockers that he was told the same thing by a different source “who provided overwhelming evidence that he had contacts in his Quantic Dream.” According to Henderson, the game has been in development for about 18 months. Quantic Dream also apparently “liked” Henderson’s tweet about the story, though it has since been disliked. Make of that what you will.
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Finally, Kotaku TODAY says that he too has heard the same story, from a different source, which also indicated that Quantic Dream has been working on it for about 18 months. Kotaku’s source said that the new project, unlike the studio’s previous releases, is a more traditional action game, possibly in an open-world setting and with multiplayer components.
Some job openings on Quantic Dream’s website point in a similar direction: The studio is hiring for roles that include competitive senior game designerwho, among other things, should have “prior experience in managing meta-databases in LiveOps”, and senior game economy designer, “Sensitivity to game design with excellent knowledge of all the key elements that allow the game to function as a service and flourish financially.” a senior level designer The listing seeks experience working on an “open environment game and/or a multiplayer game”.
None of these (or any of the other lists I’ve seen) mention Star Wars specifically, but they’re certainly a far cry from the usual interactive dramas of Quantic Dream. Its games aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they’re consistent: From Nomad Spirit to Detroit: Be Human, they’re linear. Narrative-heavy (and heavy-handed) thrills, as Andy Kelly put it a few years ago, “grand production value, QTE, wild tonal dissonance, exaggerated drama, unnecessary shower scenes, and SWAT teams.” It’s not the kind of thing that demands a game-as-a-service designer or open-world experience.
It’s strange to me that Quantic Dream would adopt such a different style of play for its big Star Wars debut, especially since Ubisoft is already working on an open-world Star Wars game—but of course Of course, this is all completely unconfirmed, and may eventually turn out to be false in details or completely false. With similar reports coming from three different sources, though, I’m inclined to give it some weight: I’m not expecting an open-world action game la Destiny 2, but I’d be a little surprised at this point. If something isn’t working on Quantic Dream Star Wars. I’ve contacted the studio for more information and will update if I get an answer.