Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream has been bought by China’s NetEase

Quantic Dream announced in a blog post on Wednesday that the company has been acquired by NetEase. The Chinese internet company, which acquired Grasshopper Manufacture in 2021 and made a large investment in Destiny developer Bungie in 2018, previously acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream in 2019 following the release of Detroit: Become Human.

“We met NetEase about 4 years ago and offered to join us as a minority shareholder in January 2019,” Quantic Dream wrote in a statement. “During this time we learned a lot from each other. We started collaborating on small and big projects, we enjoyed the collaboration and discussed a lot about our industry and our vision for the future. We found that we share the same desire to create bold, quality work that makes an impact.”

Quantic Dream will join NetEase Games, with NetEase becoming the studio’s parent company and sole shareholder. The French game developer and publisher known for such games as heavy rain, Beyond two soulsand Detroit: Become Humanpreviously operated as an independent company since its inception in 1992. The company, which was dogged by allegations of workplace harassment in 2018, was cleared of those allegations in 2021.

Quantic Dream had a long-standing publishing partnership with Sony Interactive Entertainment for several years before being announced in 2021, due in part to the commercial success of Detroit: Become Humanthat the studio would self-publish its games in the future. Quantic Dream states that the company “[…] will continue to operate independently, retain the ability to create and self-publish our video games across all platforms, and continue to support and publish titles developed by third parties.”

Quantic Dream unveiled the first trailer for its latest upcoming game, Star Wars: Solar Eclipseat the Game Awards in December.

NetEase is also the publisher of Blizzard Entertainment’s games, including Diablo: Immortal and World of Warcraft, in China. The internet giant recently invested in a new studio from former Bethesda Game Studios designer Jeff Gardiner and Obsidian Entertainment alumnus Charlie Staples, and recently hired ex-Sega game creator Toshihiro Nagoshi from Yakuza and former Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi. Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream has been bought by China’s NetEase

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