Quantic Dream, the studio author of Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human, won the lawsuit for defamation filed against the French newspaper Le Monde, but at the same time lost the one with Mediaparte.
In 2018, the French newspapers Le Monde, Mediaparte and Canard PC had published reports that painted a rather alarming picture and that stated that episodes of sexism, racism and homophobia would have occurred within the study. The case caused a particular sensation also for an alleged archive of about six hundred homophobic or sexist photomontages, some of which with Nazi symbols, which aimed to denigrate some members of the team.
Quantic Dream later filed a libel suit, the verdicts of which have arrived in recent days.
Specifically, the studio won against Le Monde on 9 September. The French newspaper lost as it could not prove the truth of the facts reported in the article, as it was unable to disclose the names of the anonymous sources within the study from which it obtained the information. The same result was not achieved with the site Mediapart, who therefore was cleared of any accusation of defamation.
During the trial, which took place in May, a spokesperson for Quantic Dream told GamesIndustry.biz that the studio had taken the two French newspapers to court for having “published articles that we believe were not written in good faith, nor by researching or gathering reasonable evidence, which led to false conclusions that greatly damaged the firm’s reputation and morale.”
Meanwhile, according to some rumors Quantic Dream is working on a new Star Wars project. It could be a more action title than Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human and of which the reveal could soon arrive.