NetEase Games has acquired a minority stake in Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream “to further the development and distribution of global online games,” the companies announced.
Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under the direction of David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumiere, with the investment aiming to support to studio’s vision for “becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company” and to “develop advanced technologies and games for the future.”
The French studio worked exclusively with Sony Interactive Entertainment for the past 12 years, during which it created Heavy Rain,
Find comments from each party below.
Ethan Wang, NetEase Vice President
“With a strong focus on in-house development, we are constantly looking for partners that complement us in the development and creation of the next generation games. Quantic Dream’s excellence in interactive storytelling and the valuable expertise it has built over the past two decades is exactly what we have been looking for. We are pleased to partner with Quantic Dream and we hope to create incredible game experiences for players all around the globe.”
David Cage, Quantic Dream CEO and Creative Director
“The landscape of the gaming industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years, with new hardware to come, new business models to explore and new ways of playing to invent. We want Quantic Dream to take a key role in this exciting future and having NetEase by our side as a strategic partner will allow us to expand our creative vision and develop the company to its fullest potential. NetEase understands what Quantic is about as they share our passion for high quality games and our ambitions for the studio.”
Guillaume de Fondaumiere, Quantic Dream Co-CEO
“We have been impressed by NetEase’s vision, their commitment to quality and innovation and their impressive track-record and know-how in crafting and operating some of the most popular games on the planet. Partnering with NetEase will open new opportunities for our studio and strengthen our position as pioneers and innovators.”
Watch a video announcing the partnership below, via Variety Gaming.