The Quantic Dream lawsuit, which sees the Paris-based game developer engage in legal battle against the French media outlets Le Monde & Mediapart, just took a turn for the worse. Quantic Dream is best known for its PlayStation exclusives Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, but it has also developed games for the Xbox before.
Warning: This post quotes some misogynist, homophobic language from executives at Quantic Dream. Reader discretion is advised.
Back in 2018, several reports were published in the French press concerning the toxic work environment at Quantic Dream. Conditions included loads of frat boy behavior, racist language and a trove of photoshopped images that depicted employees in sexual situations, some of which are pasted in common areas of the office.
Cage allegedly cried on the stand, stomped his feet and screamed that “you interfere in my business!” and that the court had damaged his honor, before fleeing the defense. An interesting statement considering public remarks made by Cage that were brought up include: “in my games, all women are whores” and “at Quantic Dream, we don’t make games for fags.”
Eventually, questioning began when de Fondaumière was asked about documents provided by the company to defend themselves against social security fraud. According to Solidaires, the company proudly displayed them as evidence of their good faith, but irregularities reveal possible unlawful dismissal, with Le Monde & Mediapart thanking Quantic Dream for incriminating itself.
A dozen or so identical letters of dismissal, were all copy-pasted, with only the name of the employee changing, and always with the same mention of “differences of opinion with the management”, including for some reason a letter of dismissal for Guillaume de Fondaumière himself. “He obviously had difficulty following his own directives,” notes Solidaires.
When questioned on these irregularities, de Fondaumière asked the magistrates, “But I’m not under oath, so can I lie?”
At this point, an Indigo Prophecy defense would be a better strategy for the studio: just say you didn’t do it, and claim a spirit guide told you it was a Mayan sacrifice.