Dark Souls: Remastered developer acquired by Tencent

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The online game acquisitions simply maintain coming. First Xbox was set to amass Activision Blizzard for an almost $70 billion, then PlayStation moved in to scoop up Bungie for $3.6 billion. Tencent isn’t any stranger to massive purchases both, and it simply added introduced one other firm underneath its wing.

Polish writer 1C Entertainment has been totally acquired — the deal closed in November of final 12 months in line with a press launch. 1CE is thought for publishing the likes of King’s Bounty, Men of War, and Space Rangers, and its subsidiary QLOC has some killer credit underneath its belt. QLOC dealt with the Dark Souls remaster, and it’s additionally supported the event of different massive collection like Devil May Cry and Resident Evil. It’s one other in a protracted listing of acquisitions for the China-based Tencent: it picked up Back 4 Blood developer Turtle Rock Studios in December 2021 and Nightingale developer Inflexion video games only a few days earlier than this QLOC acquisition was introduced.

Mentioning Tencent’s location serves a objective right here — 1CE is Polish, whereas its mum or dad firm is Russian. Tencent did not purchase the latter, and given the present Russia-Ukraine scenario, that’s an essential distinction. The game trade has referred to as for motion because of the Russian invasion, with a number of Ukrainian builders calling for a withdrawal.