NetEase acquires controversial Detroit: Become Human and Star Wars Eclipse growth studio Quantic Dream

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Per an early Wednesday morning announcement, Chinese know-how firm NetEase has formally acquired online game studio Quantic Dream. The developer’s portfolio of video games consists of narrative video games Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and plenty of extra. Before this acquisition, NetEase had already acquired a minority stake within the studio again in 2019. The Paris-based studio will proceed to function independently, and embattled co-CEOs David Cage and Guillaime de Fondaumière will retain their positions.

Regarding the acquisition, CEO and director of NetEase William Ding said that the corporate is “thrilled to embark on an exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, bound by our shared vision, mutual trust, and respect.” Ding goes on to say that the acquisition will mix the “exceptional narrative focus of Quantic Dream with NetEase’s powerful facilities, resources, and execution capabilities.” Cage said that the acquisition was ”an necessary milestone […] after 1 / 4 century of full independence.”

This acquisition comes within the aftermath of the poisonous office allegations inside Quantic Dream and subsequent authorized motion from the studio in opposition to French publications. Investigations from these French retailers had claims of a racist, sexist, and general hostile and crunch-focused setting within the studio.

These controversies resulted in difficulty in hiring expertise for the studio, finally affecting the upcoming game Star Wars Eclipse, which reportedly could not launch till at the least 2027. It’s fairly doable that Quantic Dream is hoping that the acquisition will assist facilitate growth and push that estimated launch window ahead, given the emphasis on NetEase’s assets and infrastructure.