Quantic Dream co-CEO’s David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere have moved to deny allegations aimed at the French-based studio this past weekend in the media regarding the Detroit: Become Human developers work environment.
Reports began circulating in the French media over the weekend, several of which included interviews with former employees of the Heavy Rain developer who claim among many things that staff are overworked, that the studio is known for making racist and sexist jokes and that both Cage and Fondaumiere have behaved inappropriately towards staff.
According to the reports, David Cage demands staff work long hours and does not listen to others while de Fondaumiere is accused of making advances towards staff at company parties, a claim Quantic’s co-CEO strongly denies. Speaking with Le Monde, both Cage and Fondaumiere spoke of their surprise and shock at the what the pair describe as the “rantings” of former employees.
The pair followed up the Le Monde article by releasing a statement on Twitter late last night which reads:
“Articles published today level various allegations against Quantic Dream, its management and employees.
We categorically deny all of these allegations. Quantic Dream filed a complaint months ago and further complaints will follow.
We invite interested parties to read the response of our Employee Representative and Health & Security Committee to questions submitted by the journalists prior to publication.
Inappropriate conduct or practices have no place at Quantic Dream.
We value every single person that works at Quantic Dream. It is of utmost importance to us that we maintain a safe environment that allows us all to channel our shared passion for making video games.”
One of the more disturbing claims made throughout the reports pertains to hundreds of photoshopped images showcasing various former employees of the studio in sexual positions, with many of the images featuring homophobic and sexist references.
This isn’t the first time allegations have been made against the studio with Juno and Inception actress Ellen Page reportedly exploring legal action against Sony back in 2015 after Quantic inexplicably created a full nude character model for the character she played in PS3 exclusive Beyond: Two Souls.
Quantic Dream is currently developing PS4 exclusive Detroit: Become Human for a 2018 release.