“Detroit: Become Human,” the next game from Quantic Dream, has officially gone gold, the developer announced today on the PlayStation Blog. A demo for the action-adventure game is expected to drop on Tuesday.
In the game industry, going gold means production on a game is done and it’s ready to be sent to manufacturers for print. Admittedly, this used to be a bigger deal when games only shipped on discs and had to be completely wrapped up. But in 2018 the term is a little more nebulous, as games can be patched and updated after release. Nevertheless, it’s still a production milestone, usually announced to drum up anticipation for a game’s impending release.
“During these four years, we have gone through all possible states and emotions that the development of such a challenging project induces: the pride of working on something special and unique, the doubt of attaining all our creative and technical goals,” Quantic Dream co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumiere said in a statement. “And today, I guess it is with a mixture of all these feelings that we stand in front of you.
The game’s first scene, called “Hostage,” will be available on April 24 as a downloadable demo on the PlayStation Store. The demo is set to go live at 3:01 a.m. PT/ 12:01 a.m. ET.
Quantic Dream’s fifth game — and the first its released in five years — “Detroit: Become Human” tells the story of androids used to serve humans who gain sentience. The game hasn’t been without its fair share of criticism, as some have found fault with how the game is handling domestic abuse.
Further adding to the controversy surrounding the game are recent allegations of toxic culture within Quantic Dream. Back in February, multiple reports said the developer fostered a toxic workplace environment, full of sexist and racist behavior and pointed to Fondaumiere and co-founder David Cage as allowing this behavior to exist. In addition to refuting these claims, the publisher said at the time it would seek legal action against the publications that ran the reports.