Quantic Dream, the developer behind video games like Detroit: Become Human and Heavy Rain, has been acquired by NetEase Game, one in every of China’s largest online game firms whose catalog of video games developed and revealed embrace Knives Out, Naraka Bladepoint, and extra.
This information comes from a posting launched by NetEase as we speak that calls Quantic Dream its first studio in Europe. It’s unclear how a lot the acquisition value NetEase, however the developer-publisher says it would enable the studio to proceed to function independently, specializing in creating and publishing video games whereas supporting third-party developed titles too.
“We are thrilled to embark on an exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, bound by our shared vision, mutual trust, and respect,” CEO and director of NetEase William Ding writes in a press launch. “NetEase will continue to fulfill our promise to support Quantic Dream to realize its full potential. By combining the wild creativity and exceptional narrative focus on Quantic Dream with NetEase’s powerful facilities, resources, and execution capabilities, we believe there are infinite possibilities that could redefine the interactive entertainment experience we provide for players worldwide.”
You doubtless acknowledge Quantic Dream from its previous titles like Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain, in addition to its in-development sport Star Wars Eclipse. You may additionally acknowledge Quantic Dream because the studio with allegations of abuse, racism, homophobia, and sexism, all of which studio chief David Cage has denied. You can learn extra about these accusations and subsequent authorized proceedings right here.
As famous within the press launch, NetEase first invested in Quantic Dream three years in the past earlier than as we speak’s acquisition.
NetEase’s acquisition of Quantic Dream joins an extended record of different acquisitions which have occurred this 12 months. It began with Take-Two Interactive, the guardian firm behind the Grand Theft Auto sequence, saying in January that it was buying cellular big Zynga for practically $13 billion. Then, every week later, Microsoft introduced that it was buying Activision Blizzard, the corporate behind Overwatch and Call of Duty, for a colossal $68.7 billion. Two weeks later, Sony revealed it was shopping for Bungie for $3.6 billion. Following that, Sony acquired Jade Raymond’s new studio, Haven Studios, and earlier this week, Sony acquired Savage Game Studios to bolster its PlayStation Studios Mobile Division.
For extra, learn Game Informer’s Detroit: Become Human assessment and take a look at Star Wars Eclipse’s reveal trailer.