NetEase acquires Detroit: Become Human Developer

Chinese tech company NetEase has acquired French studio Quantic Dream, known for developing games like Heavy Rain and Detroit: Become Human.

The acquisition marks Quantic Dream as NetEase’s first European studio, with the company taking further steps into AAA game development following its involvement in mobile titles. NetEase was largely responsible for running the Chinese versions of games and had previously partnered with Blizzard to release Chinese versions of World of Warcraft, Overwatch and StarCraft II.

in one tweetNetEase said of the acquisition: “We are delighted to welcome Quantic Dream, the leading French games developer and publisher, as part of NetEase Games, bringing high-quality AAA video gaming experiences to gamers around the world.”

Founded by game designer David Cage, Quantic Dream has come under fire in recent years over reports of hostile work environments. A report by three French news outlets – Le Monde, Mediapart and Canard PC – revealed the results of a joint investigation into what Le Monde called “a toxic corporate culture”. The studio denied the claims, saying they were “the subject of an outright smear campaign by some media outlets based on defamatory statements, the reliability and provenance of the sources of which raise questions”.

Speaking of the acquisition, Quantic Dream said, “To keep moving forward and dreaming big, we are excited to announce that we will be joining NetEase!”

“We will maintain our artistic independence and be committed to our teams who will benefit directly from this new venture.”

At the time of writing, no buy point for the acquisition has been announced.

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Greg Norman

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