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Chinese game publisher and internet firm NetEase has agreed to acquire Quantic Dream, the maker of narrative games such as Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain.
The purchase price was not disclosed. The deal is a follow-up to a minority investment that NetEase made in Quantic Dream in 2019.
NetEase Games, a division of NetEase Inc., has acquired Paris-based Quantic Dream, one of the prominent independent video game developers. It specializes in making games where you have to make the right choices under heavy dramatic and emotional pressure — or lose your loved ones.
Quantic Dream, led by David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, will become NetEase Games’ first studio in Europe, representing an important step in fulfilling NetEase’s vision to go global and high end. Quantic Dream has more than 250 people working for it.
I asked why the founders decided to sell. Co-CEO David Cage said in an exclusive email to GamesBeat, “We had acquisition discussions on several occasions during the past 25 years, but as none guaranteed our editorial independence, we decided to pass on these opportunities and continue as an independent studio. Our industry is undergoing a profound mutation through a wave of acquisitions of studios and publishers. For studios, this represents a paradigm shift as our central position in the industry and our contribution to the value chain are now more correctly valued. Consequently, in the recent past, we received several offers meeting our expectations.”
Guillaume de Fondaumière (left) and David Cage are the founders and co-CEOs of Quantic Dream.Quantic Dream will continue …