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David Cage
David Cage 20080927 Festival du jeu video 05.jpg
Cage at the Festival du jeu vidéo in 2008
BornDavid De Gruttola
(1969-06-09) June 9, 1969 (age 49)
Mulhouse, France
OccupationVideo game developer
Known for
TitleFounder and CEO of Quantic Dream

David De Gruttola[1] (born June 9, 1969), known by his pseudonym David Cage,[1] is a French video game designer, writer and musician. He is the founder of the game development studio Quantic Dream. Cage both wrote and directed the video games Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls for the PlayStation 3, and Detroit: Become Human for the PlayStation 4.


Born in Mulhouse, France, Cage is the head of game developer studio Quantic Dream.[1] Cage plays a central role in the company and the development of the games, being founder, co-CEO (with Guillaume de Fondaumière), director, lead game designer, and screenwriter.[1] As a professional musician, he created the company Totem Interactive in 1993, which worked in music and sound productions.[2][3] He worked as a freelance musician on several television, film and video game projects, involved with original soundtrack work.[2][3]

My desire to create video games dates back to the arrival of 3D real time [...] I felt like a pioneer filmmaker at the start of the 20th century: grappling with basic technology, but also being aware that there is everything left to invent - in particular a new language that is both narrative and visual.

— David Cage, A word about Fahrenheit..., 2005[4]

His earlier works include the music in the video games Super Dany (1994, credited as David De Gruttola),[5] Cheese Cat-Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales (1995, credited as David De Gruttola),[6][7] Timecop (1995),[8] and Hardline (1996).[9] David Cage founded Quantic Dream in 1997.[3] He has written and directed all five games released by the studio: Omikron: The Nomad Soul (1999), Fahrenheit / Indigo Prophecy (2005), Heavy Rain (2010), Beyond: Two Souls (2013) and Detroit: Become Human (2018).

At the British Academy Games Awards, in which Quantic Dream won three awards for Heavy Rain, Cage stated that "games always explore the same things. They're about being powerful, being the good guys against the bad guys – that's a very tiny part of what can be done. There are so many other stories to tell, so many other emotions to trigger – this is a fantastic new medium, we can do much more than we currently do with it."[10] Game developer Warren Spector described Cage as one of the best storytellers in the business, calling him a genius.[11]

Cage has been critical of "game over" events in story-driven, non-action video games, calling them "a failure of the game design".[12] Cage was the first game developer to receive the Legion of Honour,[13] the highest decoration granted in France.[14]

Personal life

Cage identifies as an atheist.[15]


Director and writer


  1. ^ a b c d Bliss, François (May 10, 2005). "Fahrenheit : Interview David Cage / part 1 : L'homme orchestre" (in French). Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  2. ^ a b "MIT Comparative Media Studies: French American Dialog on Video Games". Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Quantic Dream's David Cage Talks About His Games, His Career and the PS4: It Allows to "Go Even Further"". Dualshockers. January 4, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Quantic Dream (2005). "A word about Fahrenheit..." Fahrenheit. Atari. p. 4. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Super Dany for SNES (1994) - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cheese Cat-Astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales for Sega Master System - Technical Information, Game Information, Technical Support". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  7. ^ "Cheese Cat-Astrophe starring Speedy Gonzales for SEGA Master System". MobyGames. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
  8. ^ "Basic game overview". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-04-26.
  9. ^ "Hardline for DOS (1996) - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "David Cage on Heavy Rain BAFTA Award Wins, Quantic Dream's Next Project". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Game designer Warren Spector commends David Cage's work on Heavy Rain". Neoseeker. July 5, 2012. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  12. ^ "In story-driven games, 'Game overs' are a failure of game design, says David Cage". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  13. ^ Rose, Mike (February 17, 2014). "Quantic Dream founder David Cage awarded France's highest decoration". Gamasutra. Think Services. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  14. ^ Maiberg, Emanuel (February 16, 2014). "Beyond: Two Souls' David Cage first game developer to receive France's highest honor". Gamespot. Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Kelly, Neon (August 23, 2012). "David Cage: 'I remember how scared we were'". Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  16. ^ "[AMA] Hey! I'm David Cage, Writer and Director of Detroit: Become Human. Ask me anything!". reddit. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2018.