Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream have lost a court case brought by a former employee. It appears that offensive pictures including Nazi, racist, sexist, homophobic and pornographic imagery were circulated through the company, sometimes with employees faces photoshopped in to the pictures.
The employee who quit the studio in disgust has now won their case which means, via some rather complicated French laws, they are seen to have been unfairly dismissed rather than walking, thus allowing them extra benefits and and avenue for more legal proceedings.
At the time Quantic Dream’s David Cage said he was “shocked” at the allegations, a statement that was undermined somewhat as some of the 600+ images found their way online as the French national press investigated Quantic Dream. In response, Quantic Dream have begun anti-libel proceedings against the publications.
Two previous cases brought by former employees were won by Quantic Dream, although one ruling is being appealed.
I do find it very odd that a studio with an apparently a toxic culture has made Detroit: Become Human, a game with a narrative that covers Nazism, homophobia, and race, and shows just how horrible they all are.