Quantic Dream, the studio headed by French video game developer David Cage and best known for games like Heavy Rain and the upcoming Detroit, released a statement today concerning accusations of toxic corporate culture. The developer is pushing back against the claims and suggests they will be pursuing legal action.
Last month, three separate French newspapers released reports about a hostile workplace, where employees were subjected to sexual misconduct to racist, sexist, and harassing jokes and comments. Quantic Dream categorically denied this immediately, threatening to sue over the comments.
On Twitter today, the studio released a statement in French, which was then translated on gaming forum ResetEra, then independently corroborated by Eurogamer. In the translated statement, Quantic Dream once again denied the accusations, and pointed to two of the three employee lawsuits against them being dismissed, with a third still in dispute.
Cage’s initial reaction when questioned about the accusations was to point to Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit as counter to criticism. “You want to talk about homophobia?” he said. “I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA. Judge me by my work.”
The studio’s next game, Detroit: Become Human: is being published by Sony and releasing exclusively on PlayStation 4 this year.
[Source: Quantic Dream Twitter]