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It was revealed that NetEase plans to acquire Quantic Dream game development studio within this year

via:新浪科技     time:2022/3/31 16:03:20     readed:384

Back in 2019, Quantic Dream, developer of Storm, Detroit: The Amazing Twin, announced that they would soon embrace a multi-platform strategy after a series of high-profile PlayStation exclusive titles. Apparently, this is thanks to Quantic Dream's new partnership with NetEase, which bought a minority stake in the company. However, the latest revelations say that the two sides seem to be interested in "perpetuating" this partnership.

Tom Henderson, a person familiar with the matter, revealed that NetEase hopes to complete the acquisition of Quantic Dream sometime this year, and the two sides have been brewing on the matter for a long time. If all goes well, it could be officially announced in the summer of 2022.

As for why it got to this point, one theory is that Quantic Dream is seeking more funding for its ambitious Star Wars Eclipse project. While both companies have reservations about this for the time being, we are not surprised by potential acquisitions.

Over the past few years, Quantic Dream has struggled — from being accused of being a "toxic workplace" to a series of legal tug-of-war with the French media that have plagued the studio.

There are also reports that Star Wars: Eclipse is still a long way from release (expected to be released in 2027-2028). The previously released exciting trailers have also focused more on developers than on the fan base, because the studio is trying to recruit talent.

Finally, while not as aggressive as rival Tencent, NetEase has been steadily expanding its business — such as acquiring Suda51's Grasshopper Manufacture, poaching the leader of Sega's "Like Dragon" team, and setting up a new internal studio for it.

It has been reported that NetEase Games is about to launch three new console titles, covering action role playing (ARPG), fighting, and "large-scale" cooperative action-adventure games (Action-Adventure).


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