NetEase acquires French leader in game development and publishing Quantic Dream
Quantic Dream joins NetEase Games and will continue to deliver high-quality AAA video game experiences to gamers around the world.
HANGZHOU, China, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES, HKEX: 9999), one of China leading Internet service and online game providers, today announced that its games division, NetEase Games, has acquired Quantic Dream SA, one of the world’s leading independent video game developers. Quantic Dream, directed by David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, will become the first studio of NetEase Games in Europe, which represents an important step in realizing NetEase’s vision of supporting innovation and game development worldwide. Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently, focusing on creating and publishing its video games across all platforms, as well as supporting and publishing titles developed by third parties, while leveraging significant NetEase’s game development capabilities.
Quantic Dream is a multi-award winning studio that was established 25 years ago in Paris, France. He is the creator of iconic games such as Heavy rain™Beyond two souls™ and Detroit: Become human™. The studio announced during The Game Awards 2021 that it is working in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games on the new action-adventure game, star wars eclipse™.
“We are thrilled to embark on an exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, bound by our shared vision, mutual trust and respect,” said William DingCEO and Director of NetEase, Inc. “NetEase will continue to deliver on its promise to help Quantic Dream realize its full potential. By combining Quantic Dream’s wild creativity and exceptional narrative focus with the powerful facilities, resources and capabilities of running NetEase, we believe there are endless possibilities that could redefine the interactive entertainment experience we provide to gamers around the world.”
“Today marks an important milestone for our studio after a quarter century of complete independence,” said the Founder, CEO and Writer-Director of Quantic Dream. David Cage. “NetEase Games values our creative freedom and the drive and passion of our unique and diverse team. We will now be able to accelerate the vision we share as a group, to create landmark titles that touch people on on an emotional level. We have very differentiated games being made and I sincerely believe that the best is yet to come from Quantic Dream. I am particularly proud that our employees, to whom a significant part of our capital has been offered to the years, can fully benefit from this acquisition. It is a testament to our continued commitment to rewarding all those who have made Quantic Dream the successful studio it is today.”
“NetEase Games first invested in Quantic Dream three years ago,” said Guillaume de Fondaumière, co-CEO and chief publishing officer of Quantic Dream. “During this time, we have had the opportunity to work closely together and see how like-minded and complementary we are. The acquisition of NetEase Games is a natural evolution of this process and creates a unique opportunity to drive Quantic Dream’s growth by empowering our production and publishing teams to excel.”
Quantic Dream is a market leader in creating games with a strong narrative focus and non-linear stories that reward player choices. The studio, which develops its own proprietary technologies, is also known for its pioneering use of motion capture to bring actors’ performances to life in a way never seen before in video games. NetEase originally acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream SA in 2019.
About NetEase, Inc.
As a leading internet technology company based in China, NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999, “NetEase”) provides premium online services focused on content creation. With extensive offerings in its expanding gaming ecosystem, the company develops and operates some of the China the most popular and oldest mobile and PC games. Powered by industry-leading in-house R&D capabilities in China and globally, NetEase creates superior gaming experiences, inspires gamers, and passionately brings value to its thriving community worldwide. By associating play with culture and education with technology, NetEase transforms play into a meaningful vehicle for building a more entertaining and enlightened world.
Beyond Games, NetEase Service Offerings Include Its Majority-Controlled Subsidiaries Youdao (NYSE: DAO), China leader in technology-driven smart learning, and cloud music (HKEX: 9899), China leading online music content community, as well as YanxuanNetEase’s mainstream lifestyle brand.
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About NetEase Games
NetEase Games is the online games division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES and HKEX: 9999), developing and operating some of the most popular mobile and PC games on the market, including China and Japan. As one of the world’s largest incubators of quality online game content, NetEase Games is dedicated to supporting the growth of innovative studios around the world and developing an international presence along the way. To complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games also partners with other industry leaders, including Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary), and other developers from global games to operate some of the most popular international online games in China. For more information, visit neteasegames.com.
ABOUT QUANTIC DREAM
Quantic Dream is a Paris and MontrealParis-based video game studio created in 1997 by David Cage. The unique narrative experiences offered by Heavy Rain™, Beyond: Two Souls™, Detroit: Become Human™, have reached millions of players worldwide and won over 250 international awards. Quantic Dream is currently working on three new internal projects, including star wars eclipse™, developed in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.
An independent publisher since 2019, Quantic Dream also supports original creators with unique visions, which come to life thanks to Quantic Dream’s expertise, means of production, financing and access to the market and international players.
Quantic Dream unveiled Star Wars™ Eclipse in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games at The Game Awards™ 2021, a new multi-character action-adventure narrative AAA game set in the High Republic era of the iconic Star Wars™ galaxy, now at the beginning of its development.
Heavy Rain™, Beyond: Two Souls™ and Detroit: Become Human™ ©Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe. Developed by Quantic Dream. Heavy Rain™ is a registered trademark of Quantic Dream. Beyond: Two Souls™ and Detroit: Become Human™ are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and are used under licence. Quantic Dream and the Quantic Dream logo are registered trademarks of Quantic Dream. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are registered trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries. © & ™ 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
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