While God of War may have only just hit the spotlight, there is another major 2017 PS4 exclusive on its way soon- Detroit: Become Human, developed by Quantic Dream and spearheaded by David Cage. Publishing director for the site, Ivan Gaudé, told Kotaku the two sites being sued will now have to prove to the judge that their outlets used appropriate caution when reporting the story and had reached out to all parties involved in an attempt to offer their perspectives.
Kotaku has learned that French newspaper Le Monde and website Mediapart are being sued by the Detroit: Become Human developer in what is believed to be the first incident of a video game studio taking legal action against the press for negative reporting.
Audureau published the report on Quantic Dream's supposed toxic working conditions to Mediapart and Canard PC, though for some reason or other the latter media outlet has not been affected by lawsuits.
It was a report that left all comment threads about the report in tatters, also leading to Quantic Dream's leaders David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière to speak out against these damning accusations on Twitter.
Quantic Dream categorically denied the articles' accusations shortly following their publication, and founder Cage said the accusations were "ridiculous, absurd, and grotesque" in Le Monde's original write-up.
These reports were a collaborative effort between journalists from Le Monde, Mediapart, and Canard PC.
Quantic Dream are following through on their threat to pursue legal action.
"The story has been written sincerely, following a well-documented, thorough investigation, respectful of the principle that both sides must be heard", Audureau told Kotaku. While the outlet received threatening letters before and after their story went live, nothing yet has come from those messages. Have the allegations against Quantic Dream turned you off?