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Chinese giant NetEase bought Quantic Dream – developers of Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human

Chinese publishing giant NetEase announced the purchase of a French studio Quantic Dreambest known for its release backed by Sony Interactive Entertainment adventure games Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. The amount of the transaction is not disclosed.

In 2019, NetEase first invested in Quantic Dream and has now bought 100% of the studio’s shares. VentureBeat.

As the founder of the studio and game designer explained David Cageover the past 25 years, Quantic Dream has repeatedly raised the issue of merging the studio with major publishers, however, all the options available at that time did not imply for developers the ability to create completely independently of the parent company. It was only recently that Quantic Dream began to receive offers that “meet its expectations” and agreed to a deal with NetEase.

David Cage believes that this is the right time, given the trend in the industry for mergers and acquisitions. Under the wing of a publisher who can support the studio financially, Quantic Dream may not worry about its future.

As part of NetEase, the French studio will continue to operate independently it will continue to create its own games and release promising projects under its brand from emerging third-party developers on all relevant platforms. In 2023 she will publish underwater adventure game Under The Waves by Parallel Studio, announced at Gamescom 2022.

In a statement on the occasion of joining a Chinese publisher, Quantic Dream also recalled internal achievements in creating a calm, productive and diverse work environment. The studio previously had a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion department, and it also collaborates with the Diversity Charter promoted by French government organizations and boasts a high “equality score”.

About the deal between Quantic Dream and NetEase, a well-known insider Tom Henderson wrote at the beginning of 2022. According to him, the studio wanted to become part of another company since 2018, when its contract to develop three projects for Sony expired, but the cooperation fell through.

The team has been in talks with several potential publishers over the past years, pitching their flagship space exploration game to them. Project Karma. The project eventually grew into Star Wars Eclipsewhich was announced in December 2021.

Late last year, NetEase bought Grasshopper Manufacture, which launched games like No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw. Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi now also works on her wing..

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