NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES, HKEX: 9999), a leading internet and online game service provider in China, announced today that its gaming division, NetEase Games, has acquired Quantic Dream SA, one of the world’s leading independent game developers. announced the acquisition. Led by David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, Quantic Dream is NetEase Games’ first European studio and a key step in achieving NetEase’s vision of supporting game development and innovation around the world. Leveraging NetEase’s strong game development capabilities, Quantic Dream will continue to operate independently, developing and distributing games across all platforms, as well as supporting and distributing titles developed by third parties.
Founded in Paris, France 25 years ago, Quantic Dream is an award-winning studio that has produced iconic titles such as Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human. A creator of great games. The studio announced at The Game Awards 2021 that it is developing an action ADV, Star Wars Eclipse™, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games.
William Ding, CEO and Director of NetEase, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to enter this exciting new stage of growth with Quantic Dream, united by a shared vision, trust and respect. NetEase continues to deliver on its promise to help Quantic Dream reach its full potential by combining Quantic Dream’s wild creativity and outstanding storytelling with NetEase’s extensive facilities, resources and execution capabilities. We believe that we have limitless potential to reinvent the interactive entertainment experience we offer to players around the world.”
David Cage, Founder, CEO, Writer and Director of Quantic Dream, said, “Today marks a significant milestone for our studio, which has remained completely independent for a quarter of a century. NetEase Games appreciates our creative freedom and the drive and passion of our uniquely diverse team.We are a group committed to creating groundbreaking titles that resonate with people We will be able to accelerate our shared vision, and while we create highly differentiated games, we strongly believe that the best of Quantic Dream is yet to come. We are especially proud that our employees, who have received significant equity offerings over the past few years, will now fully benefit from this acquisition, as it represents all of the assets that have made Quantic Dream the success it is today. It’s a testament to our continued commitment to rewarding people.”
Guillaume de Fondaumière, Quantic Dream’s Co-CEO and Head of Sales, said, “NetEase Games first invested in Quantic Dream three years ago. We have worked closely together during this time. What I felt firsthand was how similar our minds are and how complementary each other is.The acquisition by NetEase Games is a natural evolution in this process and our “This is a unique opportunity for Quantic Dream to achieve further growth by giving our production and sales teams all the tools they need to stand out from the rest.”
Quantic Dream is a market leader in creating narrative, player-chosen, non-linear storytelling games. The studio, which develops its own technology, is also known for its pioneering use of motion capture to bring actors’ performances to life in ways never before seen in a video game. NetEase originally acquired a minority stake in Quantic Dream SA in 2019.
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- NetEase, Inc.about
NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES, HKEX: 9999, hereinafter “NetEase”) is a leading Internet technology company based in China that provides premium online services centered on content creation. Offering a wide range of services in the expanding gaming industry, the company develops and operates some of China’s most popular mobile and PC games with long runs. With industry-leading R&D bases in China and around the world, NetEase creates superior gaming experiences, inspires players, and delivers value to thriving communities around the world with passion. By fusing play with culture and education with technology, NetEase transforms games into a meaningful way to build a more enjoyable and educational world.
NetEase’s subsidiaries include Youdao (NYSE: DAO), China’s leading intelligent learning company focused on technology; Cloud Music (HKEX: 9899), China’s leading music streaming community; The style brand Yanxuan provides a wide range of services other than games.
NetEase’s ESG initiatives are among the best in the global media and entertainment industry, being certified as one of S&P Global’s “Industry Movers” and receiving an “A” rating from MSCI. there is (See http://ir.netease.com/ for details.)
- NetEase Gamesabout
NetEase Games, the online gaming division of NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES, HKEX: 9999), develops and operates the most popular mobile and PC games in the Chinese and Japanese markets. As one of the world’s largest incubators of high-quality online gaming content, the company is dedicated to helping innovative studios around the world grow and expand their international presence. In addition, to complement its self-developed games and world-class R&D capabilities, NetEase Games has partnered with global game developers such as Blizzard Entertainment and Mojang AB (a subsidiary of Microsoft) to create some of China’s most popular international games. I run several online games. (For more information, please visit neteasegames.com.)
- QUANTIC DREAMabout
Quantic Dream is a Paris-Montreal-based video game studio founded by David Cage in 1997. Heavy Rain™, Beyond: Two Souls™, and Detroit: Become Human™ have captivated tens of thousands of players with their unique narrative experiences and won over 250 international awards. Quantic Dream is currently co-developing with Lucasfilm Games.Star Wars Eclipse™” is working on three new internal projects.
Since 2019, Quantic Dream has also supported original creators with unique visions as an independent publisher, leveraging Quantic Dream’s expertise, production methods, funding, and access to international markets and players.
Quantic Dream in collaboration with Lucasfilm Games at The Game Awards™ 2021Star Wars Eclipse™]announced that it will produce.Star Wars™Set in the High Republic era ofA new branching AAA action ADV that is played from the perspective of multiple characters and is currently in the early stages of development.
Heavy Rain™/Beyond: Two Souls™/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 and registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and are used under license. Quantic Dream and the Quantic Dream logo are trademarks of Quantic Dream. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.
Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks or copyrights in the United States and other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. or its affiliates. © & ™ 2021 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
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