It looks like Quantic Dream’s games are jumping beyond Sony’s consoles. In a partnership with Epic Games, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human are all coming to PC and will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store. These ports will be available at an undetermined time for an unknown price later this year.
Even though Epic Games is part of this deal, it doesn’t mean that these games will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store forever. Instead, the games have a one-year exclusivity deal, meaning it is likely that these games will jump to Steam or distribution platforms after that timer expires.
Regardless of the deal, it is quite peculiar to see a Quantic Dream game on a non-PlayStation system. This is because Heavy Rain, Beyond, and Detroit were all published by Sony. Indigo Prophecy (or Fahrenheit, depending on the country) was Quantic Dream’s last project that didn’t initially premiere on the current PlayStation as the Atari-published title came out on Xbox, PS2, and PC in 2005. Aspyr published the 2015 PC and iOS remaster while Quantic Dream published the 2016 PS4 version.
But Quantic Dream expressed its gratitude for Sony’s help, as evidenced by Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere’s statement.
“We are so grateful for 12 fantastic years of collaboration with Sony Interactive Entertainment and all they have allowed us to create and produce,” said Fondaumiere. “With this new partnership with Epic, we can now expand our products to a wider fan base and allow PC players to enjoy our titles.”
This deal comes quickly after NetEase acquired a minority stake in the developer. While it stated that the goal was “to further the development and distribution of global online games” during the acquisition, it has now updated that goal to fulfill “the vision to expand Quantic Dream’s global audience by investing in future technologies and new game IP that will release on multiple platforms.” The difference now is that it now explicitly states that one of Quantic Dream’s unknown new titles will indeed be multiplatform. The matches the developer’s previous words of developing games outside of Sony’s grasp.