French games studio Quantic Dream has said that it is going independent and will be self-publishing its future releases.
In a blog post celebrating the company's 23rd birthday, the developer said that it now has enough cash and clout to release its own games. The firm saw investment from Chinese tech and entertainment firm NetEase at the start of 2019. Quantic Dream also says it wants to be releasing titles from other studios, too.
"This new venture will allow us to make decisions in total independence, and to address the technological and strategic opportunities of next-generation platforms," Quantic Dream wrote.
"It will also allow us to help other developers, by providing investment and development support, so that they can fully express their talents. We want to support creators of original projects and help them, in turn, to achieve their vision and offer quality, ground-breaking experiences.
"This is more than an evolution — it is a transformation. We are doing this to preserve our freedom and our independence, to continue working on innovative and even more ambitious projects, to address greater challenges, and to create the unexpected. Quantic Dream will never be just another studio. We want to face new horizons, to keep our passion alive, and keep trusting in the idea of making games that are different."
In 2018, there were reports about Quantic Dream having a toxic working culture, allegations that the studio denied. The studio went on to sue French media sites who reported on the incident but has lost two lawsuits against former employees.