Quantic Dream

Location: Paris, France

Founded: 1997

Website: http://www.quanticdream.com/en

David Cage, a professional musician and game designer, established the French game development studio in 1997. Today, Cage serves as President of Quantic Dream with CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière.


Notable Products

  • Heavy Rain
  • Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy)
  • Omikron – The Nomad Soul

What to Expect

Quantic Dream aspires to create interactive narrative games that elevate the genre and create a deeper emotional experience for the player. Heavy Rain—a psychological thriller focused on the Origami Killer and released worldwide on the Playstation 3 in 2010—garnered popular and critical acclaim among gamers. The title took home three BAFTA awards for Best Original Score, Technical Innovation, and Story. Joystick proclaimed that the game has forever implanted the term “literary video game” in the canon of gameology, as it listed Quantic Dream as one of the Top 10 Most Exciting Video Game Developers in 2011. The studio’s first product, Omikron – The Nomad Soul, featured collaboration with David Bowie, who embodied several characters using motion capture animation. The game is considered the first in the popular genre of open-world experiences made famous by Grand Theft Auto, where players were free to enter any building and explore any location across the massive landscape.

Inside the intrepid studio, the development floor is a vast collection of desks under truss and exposed ceilings. The office looks less like the pristine, shiny facilities of the mega developers but instead suggests that Cage and his team have been squatting in an abandoned warehouse long enough that the landlords have just let them be. The walls are a stale white, covered in motion capture stills and concept art. Four additional team members, hidden behind dual wide-screen monitors, surround each programmer, animator, and designer. It is an open environment where the tapping of keys and constant clicking mice echo through a vacant sound stage. No frills, no nicely appointed chaise lounge, just wire, hard drives, and LCD displays.

Quantic Dream Virtual Actor Studio is the motion-capture division of the company, in operation for more than a decade. The studio provides in-house and third party mocap services, which include real-time 3-D character animation and high-speed 3-D head scans. The studio is newly renovated, now using 64 Vicon cameras (t160 and Mx40 systems), as well as 5.1 Pro Tools HD for simultaneous motion capture and audio recording. The studio is capable of coordinating talent sourcing, 3-D skeleton preparation, shooting, and post-production. An in-house staff includes motion capture supervisors, mocap artists, animators, and operators.

For those interested in applying to Quantic Dream, the recruitment section of the studio’s website lists available vacancies and instructions for submitting portfolios. This is a French company, but English is the primary language among the international team. Only roles that specify French require applicants to be fluent in the language.

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