Detroit dev Quantic Dream is NetEase’s Latest Acquisition
Chinese production company NetEase this week announced the acquisition of Quantic Dream, a developer that has made a name for itself with titles such as Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and, most recently, Detroit: Become Human. The purchase price was not disclosed.
This is not the first time that NetEase has invested in the studio specializing in games with a focus on narrative. In 2019, the production company had already bought a portion of Quantic Dream’s shares, but now the Chinese company has become the majority partner and, effectively, the owner of the studio.
“NetEase will continue to deliver on its promise to support Quantic Dream to reach its full potential. By combining Quantic Dream’s radical creativity and focus on exceptional storytelling with NetEase’s powerful establishments, resources and execution capabilities, we believe that there are endless possibilities that could redefine the interactive entertainment experience we offer to gamers around the world” – said William Ding, CEO of NetEase.
It was not mentioned in the statement, but the acquisition is also another step in NetEase’s global presence plan. Located in Paris, Quantic Dream will be the Chinese production company’s first studio in Europe.
It will be interesting to see if the investment resulting from the acquisition will help with the development of Star Wars: Eclipse, the latest game announced by Quantic Dream. Rumors and rumors indicate that the title has faced serious problems in its development.