NetEase has announced that it has agreed to acquire Quantic Dream, the developers of narrative-driven games like Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human and Beyond: Two Souls. According to them, the studio will continue to operate independently after the deal.
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“We are thrilled to embark on an exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, bound by our shared vision, mutual trust and respect,” said William Ding, CEO and Director of NetEase.
Furthermore, “NetEase will continue to fulfil our promise to support Quantic Dream to realise its full potential. By combining the wild creativity and exceptional narrative focus of 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.”
We are excited to welcome Quantic Dream @Quantic_Dream, the leading French game developer and publisher, to become part of NetEase Games, and bring high-quality AAA video game experiences to players around the world. 🥳#NetEase #NetEaseGames #QuanticDream pic.twitter.com/bzxaAxwP9L— NetEase Global (@NetEase_Global) August 31, 2022
In case you missed it, the studio also announced a new game at last year’s Game Awards, Star Wars Eclipse. The studio said that it is working in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games. According to the developers, the game will build upon Quantic Dream’s expertise in delivering “deeply branching narratives”.
While the release shouldn’t be affected by the acquisition, there is still no news about the game. Although a few reports suggest that the game will likely not be released until at least 2027. That is mainly because the studio is struggling to hire new staff.