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French video game developer Quantic Dream unveiled a partnership on Wednesday with independent company Parallel Studio for an untitled narrative project.
According to the two companies, the new title will focus on story-driven gameplay as well as “atmospheric and poetic cinematography.” Quantic Dream, which is known for 2018’s Detroit Become Human, will provide access to motion capture, voice recording and animation resources. The company became an independent publisher in 2019.
“We are delighted to have Parallel Studio as one of the independent studios we are supporting in the development and edition of their next title,” said Guillaume de Fondaumière, CEO of Quantic Dream, in a statement. “We were seduced by the concept proposed by this talented team, made up of personalities who have signed several recent critical successes. After Berlin-based Jo-Mei and Red Thread Games in Olso, this partnership is Quantic Dream’s first with a French studio.”
Founded in 2015, Parallel Studio is based in Paris and was founded by industry veterans Ronan Coiffec, Nicolas Bredin and Sébastien Renard. The studio is known for the survival horror game White Night and the VR horror game Dark Days. Their latest project, EqqO, launched on Nintendo Switch in 2020.
“Quantic Dream’s support for our most ambitious project yet is an exciting arrangement for everyone on our team,” said Coiffec, CEO of Parallel Studio, in a statement. “We’re eager to continue our work alongside one of the most creative and brilliant video game teams the industry offers, one that will ensure the quality and care a project like ours requires.”
David Cage founded Quantic Dream in 1997 with the intent to create emotionally fueled games. Detroit Become Human is set in the year 2038, with playable androids who participate in many human activities. The game, which features a complex, branching narrative where each choice has an emotional or moral impact, was polarizing upon release as it depicted a world where human unemployment is high and people have become resentful of androids. While the androids have programmed behaviors, they themselves could deviate and become defective. The company’s portfolio also includes Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls.
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