In a press release sent out earlier today, Chinese mobile developer NetEase announced yet another bold investment. They now own a minority stake in Quantic Dream, developer of Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human, and Beyond: Two Souls.
For the most part, this will hardly change Quantic Dream’s former plans and projects from their preset release schedule. According to the statement, “Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently under … David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière. Quantic Dream defines and leads the interactive storytelling game, a creative game genre.”
Founder and director David Cage had his own thoughts to share: “The landscape of the gaming industry will go through major evolutions in the coming years … 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.”
Where Quantic Dream continues from here, no one’s quite sure. Ever since Detroit: Become Human’s middling success last year, David Cage has kept quiet about any new projects. One thing we do know is that they’re slowly but surely moving away from developing exclusively for PlayStation. In an interview with VentureBeat, David Cage mentioned that, “we will continue to work on PlayStation … But we will also consider other platforms as we want to make our creations accessible to as many gamers as possible…”
Quantic Dream’s investment is the third time in recent memory that NetEase has cropped up in the video game news circuit. In 2017, they announced a $100 million investment in Bungie (which recently split off from Activision). And at last year’s Blizzcon, NetEase announced they will be developing Diablo Immortal, the widely panned upcoming mobile game. Even though they’re primarily based in China, NetEase is certainly making rounds to invest in game companies all around the world.
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